They boast one of the largest economies and militaries in the world, yet despite this Russia in its post-Soviet era has procured quite a crime problem. Some Criminologists remark them to be a Mafia state due to just how pervasive organized crime has become throughout Russia's political and federal institutions.
Russian mobsters have since become infamous for their symbolic Gulag-era tattoos, connections entrenched within the military, supposed FSB protection and deeply traditional hierarchies and organizational structures.
They were responsible for selling weapons, booze and cigarettes during the invasion of Afghanistan, and at the height of their power had even been rumoured to be selling nuclear submarines on the black market.
Since that time Russian criminal groups and arms traffickers maintain an international presence and operate throughout Europe, Asia, the United States and Canada. They have ties to Mexican & Colombian drug Cártels and insurgent groups worldwide eager to buy their weapons.