I've been wondering, and now that we have a member who is from Russia however with his feet squarely in Poland, would love to hear his views about this. I don't know much about Russia other than what is reported in the Western news. From what I understand up to when Putin became President (he could not serve for a third Presidency due to the law but is now Prime Minister of Russia) the Mafia had a lot of power in Russia. Putin made an enormous contribution to fight corruption and the Mafia seems to have been sorted out. But is that true? I know for a fact that they have been exported every where in the world and are thriving. We have some in the Middle East as well. So am just curious what your views are on how much power the Russian Mafia have in Russia and elsewhere?