Last edited by The Man; 18th February 2017 at 10:37 AM.
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I was debating putting this on the Current Events page.
This topic might get a lot of participation.
The word comes from "strelyat", Russian for "to shoot", because these confrontations often did end in exchanges of gunfire. These guys rarely resolved their shit peacefully. In this case, in this video from the popular Russian TV mob flick "Brigada", the two bosses, Sasha Belov, who leads a Slavic gang inspired by the fearsome real life Orekhovo mob group that to this day controls Moscow suburbs around the town of the same name; and Farhad (cannot remember last name), leader of an "ethnic" outfit from Tajikistan, luckily, are old army buddies, as it turns out, they recognize each other and are very happy to see each other, and become great partners as the show goes on, Farhad imports drugs from Tajikistan, Sasha uses his local dealers to distribute them, they both get rich, by Season 2, Farhad has a golden Rolex he shows off to Sasha, who rolls his eyes and shows him his diamond encrusted one
Later on, some other gang murders Farhad and then Sasha takes horrible, bloody revenge on all of them. And I mean all, like, fucking 200 guys killed in a single episode. No Sopranos in America could ever top that lmao
But, point is, these guys basically ruled the country. Police were all but non-existent. Even the gutted leftovers of the KGB, the FSK, later renamed to FSB, were basically useless at the time.
Putin is respected because he supposedly took the country back from these fuckers. He didn't, of course. He merely made an understanding with some, allied the security apparatus with them, helping get rid of their rivals. In turn, after they divided up Russia amongst themselves, they had to promise Putin that things will be quiet now. No more wild gun fights in the streets, cars blown up, no more shit like that. They had to conduct their business quietly. Even, they have to kill someone, fine, take him sonewhere out of town, into the woods, and do him where nobody will see or hear. Not in public, basically.
Hence, now, Putin gets credit for defeating the mafia, because Moscow is quiet(er). Even though in the provinces, especially small towns, pretty much NOTHING has changed since the 90s. Gangsters still rule there. Only, they have also taken over legit political offices. Mob bosses are now mayors, and even regional governors, in some cases!
I don't know... I don't know when or if anything will ever change for the better there...
Shit, you made me remember that whole show lol
I used to love Brigada, like many Russians. This is my favorite bit, where Sasha Belov personally comes to take revenge on a former dirty cop turned businessman who had crossed him many times over the course of the show, and killed a bunch of his close friends
That show pretty much launched Sergey Bezrukov's whole acting career... He became the most badass dude on Russian TV, in late 90s and early 2000s.
Regrets it now though, actually, I read a recent interview. He knows his show drove many young guys into organized crime. And plenty of them got killed as a result too... It all weighs on his conscience...
Chilling documentary reveals how*Russian hooligans plan to ambush England fans at next year's World Cup
“I must admit there was like one British hooligan, he was in a coma. I was thinking to myself, like, ‘Shit, I bet that’s my guy, because I really like hit him properly on his head’.”
Not even animals do this shit.