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    Assyrian mafia in Russia

    Many people in Russia, let alone outside of it, have no idea that the ethnic Assyrian community in Russia, in spite of their relatively small numbers (up to 70,000 countrywide), have a powerful presence in the Russian and greater ex-Soviet criminal underworld


    I am not sure if this is something they are necessarily proud of lol But, anyway.

    Here, I mentioned the Kurdish mob in Russia: Clashes between Peshmerga & Iraqi Forces

    The Assyrians are distinct from them, although they work in a very similar way, relying on alliances with other gangs and syndicates of other ethnic groups to boost their man- and firepower. For example, many of the Azerbaijani drug gangs in Moscow today are known to be essentially employed by the Assyrian mafia.

    They also remain tight with some powerful Slavic gangs, such as the Solntsevskaya Bratva (see: Wow... Just... Wow...), especially because the legendary late Thief in Law Vyacheslav Ivankov (on left, in glasses)

    was very close with the Assyrians even on a personal level: his devoted wife of many years, Lidya Ayvazova, sitting with him there, on left, is Assyrian, and is related to high-rankers within their syndicate too It's why one of his other nicknames in the mafia had been "Assyrian Son-in-Law", in approximate translation lol

    Ivankov and his gang actually at one point allied with the Assyrians openly against another Slavic gang, the fearsome Orekhovskaya Bratva, who ambushed and killed three Assyrian bosses at a Moscow restaurant in 1995. Ivankov took violent revenge against them and threatened war against anyone who goes after the Assyrians again. Mess with them, mess with me, basically. I think it worked, at least for awhile lol

    He was assassinated in 2009, but remains quite a revered figure in Russia, in certain circles hehe


    Anyway, the Assyrian faction emerged way back in 1988, and was among the earliest "ethnic" (minority) criminal groups to compete with the also emerging Slavic Bratvas. Organized crime was spreading its wings everywhere then, as the central authority and law enforcement began to fall apart.

    Since then, they have grown quite rich and powerful indeed.

    Among other things, Vneshprombank, one of the biggest fully private banking chains in Russia (aside from the Top 3 controlled by Kremlin interests), until it was shut down late last year by the Central Bank for debt issues and various illegalities

    was actually established years ago by the Assyrian mob, to help them launder their money!

    The bank was co-owned by Georgy Bedzhamov

    a "businessman", as all of them call themselves these days lol Recognized as rightful leader of the Assyrian Criminal Group today. His father, Avdysh Bedzhamov, aka Alik the Assyrian, was one of the bosses gunned down in that restaurant in back '95...

    He is a very prominent man, these days. Among other things, President of the National Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (I have no idea how that happened haha)

    Even was awarded medals at the Kremlin

    Like Putin didn't know who the hell he was... haha

    Last year, though, after the bank case exploded, a warrant was issued out for him and he fled the country and remains in exile for now. Not sure what will happen there.

    But, yeah, very interesting people, the Assyrians...

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    I think that Alawites in Syria say they are Assyrian. They don't like to be called Arabs, nor do they feel a part of Arabs, part of the problem between Assad and his people.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sassy View Post
    I think that Alawites in Syria say they are Assyrian. They don't like to be called Arabs, nor do they feel a part of Arabs, part of the problem between Assad and his people.
    Not sure about Alawites. Most Assyrians are Christian:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assyrian_people
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assyri...ch_of_the_East

    These Russian Assyrians descend from those Middle Eastern Assyrians too: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assyrians_in_Russia

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Man View Post
    Not sure about Alawites. Most Assyrians are Christian:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assyrian_people
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assyri...ch_of_the_East

    These Russian Assyrians descend from those Middle Eastern Assyrians too: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assyrians_in_Russia
    Well, Assyrian is a bloodline, an ethnicity, religion of them would have more to do with geography.

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    Syrian Assyrians or Assyrians in Syria are people of Assyrian descent living in the country of Syria, who make up around 4–5% of its population. They are distinct from the Syrian Christians of western, southern and central Syria, being Eastern Aramaic speakers rather than Arabic (and formerly Western Aramaic) speakers, and being of Mesopotamian/Assyrian rather than Levantine/Aramean origin, and are an ancient pre-Arab indigenous people.

    They live primarily in Al-Hasakah Governorate, with a significant presence in the provincial capital and the cities of Qamishli, Malikiyah, Ras al-Ayn, and Qahtaniyah, as well as in Tell Tamer and nearby villages, although some have migrated to Damascus and other western cities.[3][4][5] The Assyrians in the Khabur valley, belong mostly to the Assyrian Church of the East, Syriac Orthodox Church and some to the Chaldean Catholic Church.[2]

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syrian-Assyrians

    Well, this doesn't describe where the Alawites live. Maybe it's specific to my friend's family and has nothing to do with Alawites in general. They identify as Assyrian/French bloodlines. Knowing that the French once had Syria as a colony, and stuck around to protect the Alawites, I made a faulty assumption.
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