Tuesday, August 19, 2008

The things you learn by reading "Red Mafiya"

Red Mafiya by Robert Friedman was the first book about the Russian Mafia as it exists in the U.S. Really very interesting, especially because of a Detroit connection that Friedman outlines. According to the book, the Russian Mafia extorted money from the Russian players who joined the Red Wings by threatening to hurt their families back home if they didn't. The book says that all but one of the players, who are beloved in Detroit by the way, did, but at the present time I don't remember just who that one was. It was said, though, that whenever he returned to Russia he had a private security force of something like twelve people surrounding him at all times.

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