On June 30, 1946, Semion Mogilevich is born in Kiev, Ukraine. He will grow up to be the primary money launderer for Moscow “super-gang” Solntsevskaya Bratva before forming his own transnational crime ring in 1994 that becomes so powerful that mafia states will refer to him as “the boss of bosses.”
In the early 1990s, the FBI catches a whiff of Mogilevich after he participates in a stock manipulation scheme to fraud thousands of American investors out of $150 million. After a trip to Moscow, FBI Director William Sessions warns the world that Mogilevich is a threat to global stability.
In 1998, the FBI releases a report that Mogilevich operates a criminal enterprise with about 250 members embedded in international banks, stock exchanges, politics, government, and major industries. The report also reveals that his international crime business includes money laundering, arms dealing, trading nuclear material, prostitution, drug trafficking, and oil deals.
Also in 1998, an American newspaper obtains hundreds of previously-classified FBI and Israeli intelligence records that identify Mogilevich as the leader of the Red Mafia, an infamous Russian mob family based in Budapest but whose members hold high positions in New York, Pennsylvania, and Southern California.
He has contract killers on his payroll throughout the United States and Europe. According to one of his associates, Monya Elson, Mogilevich has more power and control than then-president of Russia, Boris Yeltsin.
In 2009, the FBI adds Mogilevich to their Ten Most Wanted list, along with a statement about his various criminal enterprises including his proven ability to influence entire governments and economies.
In 2011, FBI Director Robert Mueller gives a speech alerting the nation that Mogilevich’s crime ring has already infiltrated New York businesses and industries, and he warns that Mogilevich is our biggest threat to national security.
By 2014, he controls over 100 companies in 27 countries operating as fronts for his crime syndicate.
In 2016, one of his associates and fellow money launderer, Donald J. Trump, becomes president of the United States of America.
Here’s a chart that shows just some of the ties between Donald Trump and Semion Mogilevich:
Red Mafiya by Robert I. Friedman, p. 238-239