November 10, 2000 |
They should have been friendlier to the neighbors. The three foreigners first raised suspicions in the Andean mountain village of Facatativa because they never smiled or waved. Then people noticed that they always had food delivered and seldom emerged from the warehouse where they worked. Finally, someone called the police. Officers, shocked by what they discovered when they entered the warehouse during a predawn raid Sept. 7, made two phone calls: one to the U.S.
December 7, 1999 |
Reversing a decision by local election officials, the Russian Supreme Court ruled Monday that reputed organized crime boss Sergei Mikhailov can run for parliament in elections scheduled for Dec. 19. Mikhailov, who spent 26 months in jail in Switzerland awaiting trial on organized crime charges before being acquitted in 1998, had been removed from the ballot on the grounds that he held dual Russian and Greek citizenship.
October 18, 1999 |
There's nothing better than a good roof to protect you from the elements, as anyone doing business in Russia today will tell you. A Russian "roof" will shelter you from arson, shakedowns, meddlesome bureaucrats, bribe-hungry tax officials--for a price, of course.
October 7, 1999 |
Pavel Bure knew what was coming. Not a pass. Not a goal. The Florida Panthers' brilliant right wing knew he was about to face a question regarding his friends, some of whom the NHL views as more like enemies. "Oh, you mean the Mafia?" Bure said, smiling.
September 24, 1999 |
The Clinton administration launched its first broad offensive against money laundering Thursday, mounting an aggressive campaign to intercept hundreds of billions of dollars a year flowing into U.S. banks and institutions from criminals. The administration's multi-pronged strategy, developed at the prodding of Congress, took on a more urgent tone amid an ongoing federal investigation into allegations that Russian mafia figures funneled vast sums of money into the Bank of New York and other U.S.
September 23, 1999 |
The chairman of the Bank of New York stirred the ongoing controversy over alleged Russian money laundering Wednesday, acknowledging to a congressional committee that two accounts reportedly linked to the son-in-law of Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin "do exist at the Bank of New York." The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that investigators are looking into two accounts at the bank's Cayman Islands branch that are connected to the son-in-law, Leonid Dyachenko.