Organized crime is not limited to Western countries. The Japanese have the very public and active Yakuza and Boryokudan. During the cold war the Russian Mafia used its connections in the Communist party to establish a vast black market network, and in the power vacuum that followed the fall of Communism the brutal group became even wealthier, more influential, and more successful.
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- The Prohibition Era
- The Syndicate
- The Kefauver Investigation and the Knapp Commission
- Recent Years
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