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Saturday, November 21, 1998 Published at 08:59 GMT


Special Report





How Russia's mafia is taking over Israel's underworld

Kevin Connolly investigates Israel's underworld, which has been taken over by a new breed of violent Russian gangsters, many of whom have Jewish origins.





The rise and rise of the Russian mafia

The Russian mafia is one of the greatest threats to the security of the west, according to none other than the head of the FBI.





Watching the detectives: Crime on Russian TV

Crime is so much a part of life in today's Russia that the television channels carry special daily bulletins devoted to gangland killings, drug seizures and robberies, as BBC Monitoring's Patrick Jackson reports.








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