Organized crime is responsible for countless theft, trafficking and murder around the globe. By all rights it should be something we all look down on and intensely despise, yet there’s something inherently captivating about it. In America, films like The Godfather and Goodfellas captured the imagination of multiple generations, offering us all a glimpse into the inner workings of the Italian mafia in the U.S. It’s made us all curious, and seeing these characters as protagonists has made many of us even root for them in a way.
The Italian Mafia may be the most well known organized crime group in the States, but they aren’t the only ones. The Russian Mob has their own rituals and customs, but aside from seeing films like Eastern Promises, the average American might not know that much about them. They are a terrifying organization full of ruthless killers and a long, shady history. Read on to learn fascinating facts about this criminal enterprise.