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While the criminal underworld is thriving in Europe nobody really paid much attention as the “Bratva” – various organised crime groups who originated in the former Soviet Union – rose to become the largest in the world.
When Vladimir Putin appeared on television surrounded by his silent stony-faced generals as he threatened to unleash terror on Ukraine I was reminded of a quote by Bill Browder – an anti-corruption campaigner and financier.
“Imagine that Russia is like The Sopranos. In The Sopranos you had the Philadelphia mafia, the New Jersey mafia, the Manhattan mafia and the Brooklyn mafia and then you had the head capo who is above all of them. Vladimir Putin is the head capo.”
WARNING – DISTRESSING CONTENT: A suspected serial killer on trial for murdering a woman after raping and torturing her before ending her life and that of her unborn child had allegedly killed two other pregnant women.
Since his arrest, the defendant, named as 40-year-old Ariel Norberto Garcia, has been charged with murdering two other pregnant women after initially being freed by the courts who believed his story years ago he had acted in self-defence in a robbery gone wrong.
The latest alleged victim, 25-year-old Carolina Medina, was a mother of two who was seven months’ pregnant with her third child when she was brutally raped, tortured and murdered, with her attacker fleeing the scene as she bled to death.
It doesn’t seem like U.S. prison officials are too worried that El Chapo’s wife will follow in his footsteps… right out of custody. Emma Coronel Aispuro has been transferred to a minimum-security lockup in Texas to serve out the remainder of her three-year sentence for taking part in her husband’s drug trafficking operation. FMC Carswell is described by the Bureau of Prisons as a “federal administrative security medical center with an adjacent minimum security satellite camp.” El Chapo infamously escaped two high-security Mexican prisons before being captured and extradited to the U.S., where he was convicted and sentenced to life. Authorities are taking no chances with him; he’s at the Supermax prison in Colorado.
A picture taken on December 13, 2017 shows serial killer Mikhail Popkov in Irkutsk. – A Siberian policeman who raped and killed women after offering them late-night rides was found guilty of dozens more murders on December 10, 2018, making him Russia’s most prolific serial killer of recent times. A court in the city of Irkutsk found Mikhail Popkov guilty of 56 murders between 1992 and 2007, sentencing him to a second life term. He was already in prison after being convicted of killing 22 women in 2015. PHOTO BY ANTON KLIMOV /AFP/Getty Images
In the vast wastelands of Siberia and elsewhere in Russia, they killed and killed in the most macabre ways imaginable.
The former Soviet Union was back in the news this week with its barbaric — and baseless —attack on Ukraine. In our corner over the years, there has been no shortage of Russian serial killers and other monsters.
Only arch-rival the United States compares to the bloodlust unleashed by homicidal maniacs in Russia.
Here are a few of them.
TAMARA SAMSONOVA — THE GRANNY RIPPER
Samsonova was a voracious journal writer.
In fact, when cops in St. Petersburg arrested her for the murder of a 79-year-old woman, they discovered a diary of death that detailed her stomach-churning crimes.
One entry read: “I killed my tenant Volodya, cut him to pieces in the bathroom with a knife and put the pieces of his body in plastic bags and threw them away in the different parts of Frunzensky District.”
MIKHAIL POPKOV — THE WEDNESDAY KILLER
People described police officer Popkov as a “perfect husband and father,” but he was also leading a secret life as a bloodthirsty serial killer who murdered at least 80 women, usually full-figured, in Siberia. Many of the women bore a resemblance to the killer’s mother who abused him when he was a child.
Media nicknamed him The Werewolf and the Wednesday Murderer (the day many of his victims were found) and his reign of terror lasted from 1992 to 2000 when the murders suddenly stopped.