A Russian Mafia tattoo symbolizing husband and wife thieves
When I think mafia like groups I think: Yakuza (Japan), Cosa Nostra (Sicilian/Italian), drug cartels (Colombia), and the Triads (China). To me these groups seem like they would be the money makers, thus commanding a greater influence and superior power. After looking into the issue however, aside from the CIA, the Russian Mafia is easily the most powerful organized crime group in the world.
These motherfuckers are crazy sophisticated. First all they control 70% of the Russian economy. The Russian Mafia isn’t the typical bunch of hoodlums with bad accents and big biceps. I’m sure they have their share of enforcers to make sure shit runs smoothly, but the brains of the operation come in the form of some really intelligent people. On the pay roll they have PhD’s and a number of ex KGB agents. If you are not familiar with the KGB, it was the National Security Agency of the Soviet Union from 1954-1991. Basically the KGB was Russia’s CIA, but less corrupt. The Russian Mafia is estimated to have over half a million members spread over every continent. This supreme sophistication along with a plethora of resources, mainly weapons, has allowed them to quietly become the most prevalent organized crime group in the world.
These dudes not only know how to make immense amounts of money, they also have figured out very elaborate was to launder it right under the noses of FBI agents. The Soviets realized very early that they had access to weapons by the shipload. They used this resource as a chess piece to get connected to the Colombian drug cartels. If you have any sense at all, you’d know that in this world, weapons and guns are both valuable commodities. The Russians have been able to sell their guns to EVERYONE; yes including the AK-47s which many refer to as “Afghan Guitars.”
Recognizing that the Colombian drug cartels desperately need weapons to protect their stashes from raids and rivals alike, the Russians have molded a pretty steady relationship with the Colombian business. The Mafia barters AK-47s, rocket propelled grenade launchers, and pretty much any other weapon you can think of to the Colombians for pure Colombian cocaine. A fair trade considering the market for drugs is a lot wider than the market for guns. Plus, there are two things the Russian Mafia will never run out of, Vodka and guns. Apparently it gets much deeper than this in terms of the shit Russia is selling to Colombia. Recently undercover agents have discovered that there have been transactions of military helicopters as well as submarines to the good people of Colombia. What better way to protect and transport cocaine than helicopters and submarines?
Now that the Russians are in possession of the drugs, guns, and money, the problem comes with the distribution and cleaning of it all. This is where the intelligence comes in; the organized crime ring is so wide, it covers every aspect of this. Russian Mafia connected groups have created over twelve offshore banks in the Caribbean. The benefit of this is the Caribbean has very strict bank security with little financial oversight; perfect for money laundering. The Russians also have a number of front end businesses like hotels, casinos, and strip clubs all helping to wash the dirty cocaine money.
Russian Mafia influence is also heavy in Miami, New York, Puerto Rico, and the connected businesses run through all of these places. This Mafia runs virtually all prostitution in Macao, China, and Germany. According the British, the Russian Mafia also runs the vast majority of the drug trafficking in Tajikistan and Uzbekistan and has elaborate laundering schemes set up in Cyprus, Israel, Belgium and England. I won’t even get into their connection to the illegal oil trade.
Just when you think Russia’s only good for Vodka and hypothermia you realize these dudes are truly running shit. Not a bad list of accomplishments for a group like the Russian Mafia right? At the end of the day they still take home the silver medal in the drugs and weapon sales category. The gold medal for drug trafficking and arms deals still goes to the organized crime group known as the United States; selling heroin and weapons like iPods and skinny jeans.
"What Happened After ‘Meet the Medic’"
Took me ages just cos there’s like 5 pictures of Redmond and Blutarch.
THIS TOOK FOREVER! And you’d be surprised to hear this is actually a redo. Yeah, I had an old piece I think from last year but I didn’t like it so much that I just scrapped it. I got my motivation back some time and worked on this renewed piece.
I don’t think I can get back my sleep again. =_=;
I also don’t really know what to add to this. Um…to stab or not to stab? Meh, I got nothing. ENJOY THIS PICTURE.
I also like to thank Pybun for giving me advice on dynamic poses. :) Check out her blog for her awesome work!
Anonymous asked: idk why everybody keeps calling you cute....you're not. sorry. 😞 you look greasy.
Step one. Hate yourself a little less
Step two. You probably look like a piece of horse shit that was run over by a truck
Step three. Come anon punk ass bitch