The Village Voice reports first in-depth look at Mogilevich’s international criminal enterprise

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The Village Voice newspaper obtains and reports on hundreds of previously-classified FBI and Israeli intelligence records that identify Semion Mogilevich as the leader of the Red Mafia, an infamous Russian mob family based in Budapest but whose members hold high positions in London, New York, Pennsylvania, and Los Angeles / Southern California.

The enigmatic leader of the Red Mafia is a 52-year-old Ukrainian-born Jew named Semion Mogilevich. He is a shadowy figure known as the ”Brainy Don”–he holds an economics degree from the University of Lvov–and until now, he has never been exposed by the media. But the Voice has obtained hundreds of pages of classified FBI and Israeli intelligence documents from August 1996, and these documents–as well as recent interviews with a key criminal associate and with dozens of law enforcement sources here and abroad–describe him as someone who has become a grave threat to the stability of Israel and Eastern Europe.

The FBI and Israeli intelligence assert that he traffics in nuclear materials, drugs, prostitutes, precious gems, and stolen art. His contract hit squads operate in the U.S. and Europe. He controls everything that goes in and out of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport, a ”smugglers’ paradise,” says Elson. Mogilevich bought a bankrupt airline in a former Central Asian Soviet republic for millions of dollars in cash so he could haul heroin out of the Golden Triangle. Most worrisome to U.S. authorities is Mogilevich’s apparently legal purchase of virtually the entire Hungarian armaments industry, jeopardizing regional security, NATO, and the war against terrorism.

The paper also identifies Brighton Beach in Brooklyn as “ground zero for Russian organized crime in America” and says that, even though Mogilevich is banned from entering the States, the FBI is aware that he’s made multiple visits to the U.S. under aliases and with visitor visas obtained in Israel.

In an interview with The Village Voice for the exposé, Jocab Bogatin admits that Semion Mogilevich is the real owner of his companies (YBM Technologies, YBM Magnetics, YBM Magnex, etc).

Israeli and U.S. law enforcement sources agree that the Red Mafia, though in existence for a mere six years, has become one of the most formidable Russian organized-crime families in the world. Strongest in the Ukraine, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and the U.S., Mogilevich has increased his strength by forging ties with other powerful Russian mob groups as well as with the Italian Camorra. His reported ties to the German BND and ex­police officers in Hungary keep him informed of police efforts to penetrate his organization.


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