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Russian Mafia: “Godfathers” of “Organizations”

Russian mafia has been regarded as one of the best structured and most well-organized criminal organizations in Europe, with quasi-military operations. IT could indeed give a lot many organizations today a run for their money!

The Russian mafia or the Russian Bratva is a collective of various organized crime elements originating in the former Soviet Union. Although it doesn’t signify a single criminal organization, most of the individual groups comprising the Russian mafia have similar goals & organizational structures.

Organized crimes in Russia started during the imperial period of the Czars. In time Vorovskoy Mir (Thieves’ world) emerged as the criminals grouped & started their own code of conduct. If Japanese samurais were about honor & culture, Russian mafia has been all about loyalty and opposition to the government. During Stalin’s reign as a ruler, millions of criminals were sent to gulags (Soviet labor camps) where powerful criminals worked their way up to become Vory V Zakone (thieves-in-law). Today, members of the Russian mafia are either former prison members, corrupt Communist officials & business leaders, people with strong ethnic ties or people from same regions with shared criminal experiences & leaders. They have a reach of over 50 countries & more than 300,000 members. An organization this size must be managed in a really excellent manner to prevent contingencies & problems.

The Russian mafia has a clear organizational hierarchy and their structure is generally divided into four main tiers –

  • Elite Group: Made up of leaders, who plan out operations & crimes for lower ranks to commit; could be equated with the top management of a company
  • Support Group: Assign tasks such as drug trafficking for the lower rank mobsters to complete; comparable to the middle management or support staff
  • Security Group: Look after the security or protection & intelligence; comparable to the lower management or the senior executives
  • Working group: Carry out the crimes like kidnapping & human trafficking and they hardly get to interact with the elite group; similar to the ground-level executives or shop-floor employees or the people who actually handle the product or deliver the service

This model may not fit exactly in to what Henry Mintzberg could have preached & had been created long before Mintzberg was even born, but it is a rock-solid organization structure in itself that has held strong and stood the test of time and wars. Not only a clear organizational hierarchy, but the Russian Mafia also has clearly defined designations for their members with defined job roles, like any other corporate organization in this world. However, their designations come with little more fancy names, like –

  • Pakhan: The ‘boss’ or the ‘Kresti otets’ is the ‘Godfather’ & controls everything. The Pakhan controls four criminal cells in the working unit through an intermediary called the ‘Brigadier’
  • Sovietnik: The councilor or the advisor and one of the most trusted people of the Pakhan
  • Obshchak: The bookmaker, who collects funds from the Brigadiers and bribes the government; he is another one of the most trusted people of the Pakhan
  • Brigadier: The brigadier is the ‘Avtorityet’ or ‘Authority’ is in-charge of a small group of men called a brigade (Bratvahe assigns jobs to the Boyeviks and pays his tributes to the Pakhans. 5-6 Boyeviks and Shestoyorkas comprise a brigade.
  • Boyevik: Literally means the warrior, they work for the Brigadier. They have a special criminal activity to run. They are also in-charge of finding new members and paying tributes to the Brigadier. They are also the main strike force of the Bratva.
  • Kryshas: Literally meaning roofs or covers, they are cunning & violent individuals employed to protect the business from other criminal organizations
  • Torpedos: Contract killers for the mafia
  • Byki: Bodyguards of the mafia
  • Shestyorka: Associates to the mafia organization, often playing the role of an errand boy being the lowest rank in the mafia

Russian mafias can be regarded as highly bureaucratic organizations with low documentation but very high power distance, highly centralized and giving out very low decision making power to its members. They have strictly defined rules and clear line of reporting. It can be considered as a highly vertical structure. They have a special thief’s code that they have to abide by under all circumstances. Some of the rules listed in this code are –

  • Not have emotions
  • Forsake his relatives
  • Help other thieves by both moral & material support
  • Keep secret information about whereabouts of accomplices
  • If caught, take blame for someone else’s crimes thereby buying time to escape & remain free
  • Demand an inquiry & judgment by Council of Thieves if conflict arises between thieves
  • Punish any offending thief as decided by the council
  • Understand thieves slang known to most hardcore Russian criminals
  • Never gamble without being able to cover your losses
  • Teach criminal way of life to youth with potential
  • Not to lose reasoning abilities when drunk
  • Make good on promises given to other thieves
  • Never deny his vor status directly

These rules clearly lay down what is expected of a member of Russian mafia and his conduct both on and off the job, since the mafia do not have specific office or shift timings. It covers the culture, the values of the organization as well. Though they may not have any distinct vision or mission statements, they are clear of their goals and work towards them, with anybody coming in their path being terminated. They also have a grievance redressal mechanism, which indicates how highly developed and organized the Russian mafia are as an organization.

World over, the Russian mafia may be regarded as a threat and as a danger, but they indeed make a great case study for organizations. Their organization structure and ways of managing personnel are worthy of drawing a lesson or two from, if one can take it with a bit of salt and may be some pepper too!


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Lewis and Arthur (Getting Choked) - Me

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//The entire “saltn’pepper gang, with my cagney there for alittle comparison purposes, including five cuties that @one-broken-glass / @leftover-sandwich made and plays on their blog! Glass’ characters are: Thyme, Clove, Saffron, Basil and Tarragon!

This is the whole Salt n’pepper gang, the rest of the groups are in seperate gangs, or nomadic! Click the picture for a better view! <3

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"AR!" a small yellow figurine- barely the height of a life preserver- stands with an army of around ten others around his height, all wielding wooden weapons- "I be Saltdish, and the Salt'n'pepper gang! we come to challenge ya to a duel! " a few were giggling- they didn't seem serious, but were definitely looking for mischief-

“Oh, HAVE ye now? Yar har har- If that’s really what ye want, then which one of ye be the captain of this rag-tag crew? Let’s duke this out captain to captain! We’ll see who be the better swordsman!”

*Briney draws his cutlass- However, he keeps the sheath on it, because he wouldn’t want to endanger the kids and all…*


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I do not own anything, except for the use of my voice!