Archive for January 2007

Muslim Albanian party headquarters blown up

January 31, 2007

An explosion damaged the local headquarters of a Kosovo political party in the eastern part of the province Sunday, police said. No one was reported injured.

The explosion occurred around 6.15 p.m. (1615GMT) and is believed to have been caused by a device outside the building in the town of Gnjilane, some 60 kilometers (40 miles) east of Kosovo’s capital Pristina, police spokesman Veton Elshani said.

The damaged offices previously belonged to the local branch of the ruling Democratic League of Kosovo. But recently there have been disputes in that area after some party officials opted to split from it and create their own party.

The new party’s name is the Democratic League. But it was unclear to whom the party offices now belong.

Police could not confirm whether the political offices were the target of the blast. The explosion also shattered the windows of several businesses nearby, Elshani said.

Two explosions hit the area in September, targeting vehicles belonging to government officials.

Kosovo has been run as a U.N. protectorate since the end of the 1998-1999 conflict between Serb forces and ethnic Albanians seeking independence.

A U.N. envoy on Kosovo’s future will present his proposal to ethnic Albanian leaders on Friday.


CO2 emmissions worldwide

January 28, 2007

The biggest producers of CO2 emissions.

 Billion tonnes-2003-

USA: 5.8

China: 4.2

Russia: 1.5

India: 1.3

Japan: 1.25

Germany: 0.8

Canada: 0.6

UK: 0.55

South Korea: 0.45

Italy: 0.45

Mexico: 0.4

Iran: 0.4

France: 0.35

South Africa: 0.35

Australia: 0.35

The top states per capita CO2 emissions production

1) USA

2) Australia

3) Canada

4) Russia

5) Japan

6) South Korea

7) Germany

8) UK

9) Italy

10) South Africa

Source: UN Framework Convetion on climate change

The Greek banking system

January 27, 2007

The market share in the Greek banking of the major domestic finance institutions. (Approximate data)


National Bank of Greece-NBG-: 25%

Alpha Bank: 19%

Eurobank: 18%

Piraeus Bank: 10%

Agricultural Bank -ATE-: 9%

Emporiki Bank: 9%


National Bank of Greece-NBG-: 28%

Eurobank: 17%

Alpha Bank: 13%

Agricultural Bank-ATE-: 12%

Emporiki Bank: 10%

Piraeus Bank: 8%


National Bank of Greece-NBG-: 21%

Alpha Bank: 18.5%

Eurobank: 18%

Piraeus Bank: 11%

Emporiki Bank: 11%

Agricultural Bank-ATE-: 10%

On overall the first six Greek banks control around 85%-90% of the domestic market.

All data relevant as on 31/12/2006.

Source: Central Bank of Greece

RUSSIAN MAFIA Bibliography

January 26, 2007


BÄCKMAN, Johan. The inflation of crime in Russia: the social danger of the emerging markets. Helsinki, Finland: National Research Institute of Legal Policy, (Oikeuspoliittisen Tutkimuslaitoksen Julkaisuja; 150), 1998. 94 p., bibliography, index, 25 cm.
Organized Crime–Russia (Federation) – Criminal Justice, Administration of–Russia (Federation) – Organized Crime–Russia (Federation)–Saint Petersburg – Russia (Federation)–Social Conditions, 1991-….
ISBN 9517042116; LC 98188067.

CHALIDZE, Valerii. Ugolovnaia Rossiia. N’iu Iork, [N.Y., U.S.A.]: Khronika, 1977. 395 p., bibliogr. p. 375-395, 20 cm.
Crime and Criminals–Soviet Union–History – Criminal Justice, Administration of–Soviet Union–History.
LC 77517269.

Criminal Russia: essays on crime in the Soviet Union. (Translated from the Russian by P. S. Falla). New York, N.Y., U.S.A.: Random House, ©1977. xi+240 p., bibliogr. p. 217-232, index, 22 cm.
Translation of: Ugolovnaia Rossiia. (Russian).
Crime and Criminals–Soviet Union–History – Criminal Justice, Administration of–Soviet Union–History.
ISBN 0394405986; LC 76053467.

COULLOUDON, Virginie. La mafia en Union soviétique. Paris, France: J. C. Lattès, [1990]. 280+[7]+[8] p., ill., bibliography p. 280-[281], 23 cm.
Organized Crime–Soviet Union – Political Corruption–Soviet Union.
LC 90209673.

DE PAUW, Freddy. De Russische mafija. Leuven, Belgium: Davidsfonds, (Actueel), 1996. 112 p., 21 cm.
Organized Crime–Russia (Federation).
ISBN 906152928X; LC 96173956.

FINCKENAUER, James O.; WARING, Elin J. Russian mafia in America: immigration, culture, and crime. Boston, Mass., U.S.A.: Northeastern University Press, ©1998. xvi+303 p., ill., bibliography p. [269]-292, index, 24 cm.
Russian American Criminals–United States – Organized Crime–United States.
ISBN 1555533744. LC 98023540.

GLONTI, Giorgi.; ESAZE, Londa. [eds.]. Organizebul danasault`an da korup`c`iast`an brzolis samart`lebrivi aspek`tebi. T`bilisi, Georgia: Gamomc`emloba “Azri”, 1999. 101 p., bibliogr., 29 cm.
Organized Crime–Georgia (Republic) – Law Enforcement–Georgia (Republic) – Criminal Law–Georgia (Republic).
LC 00509053.

[eds.]. Regionaluri usap`rt`xoebis problemebi Kavkasiasi: terorizmi da transnac`ionaluri organizebuli danasauli. T`bilisi, Georgia: Azri, 1999. 89 p., map, bibliogr., 29 cm.
Terrorism–Caucasus – Organized Crime–Caucasus – Genocide–Caucasus – Terrorism–Georgia (Republic).
LC 00509052.

GUROV, Aleksandr I. Krasnaia mafiia. Moskva, Russia: “Samotsvet”; MIKO “Kommercheskii vestnik”, 1995. 328+[21] p., ill., ports., 21 cm.
Organized Crime–Russia (Federation)–History – Political Corruption–Russia (Federation)–History – Criminals–Russia (Federation)–History – Organized Crime–Soviet Union–History – Political Corruption–Soviet Union–History – Criminals–Soviet Union–History.
ISBN 5900647102; LC 95192684.

HANDELMAN, Stephen. Comrade criminal: Russia’s new mafiya. New Haven, Conn., U.S.A.: Yale University Press, ©1995. x+398 p., bibliogr. p. [387]-389, index, 25 cm.
Organized Crime–Russia (Federation) – Political Corruption–Russia (Federation) – Post-Communism–Russia (Federation) – Russia (Federation)–Social Conditions, 1991-…. – Russia (Federation)–Politics and Government, 1991-….
ISBN 03000063520; LC 95002378.

LO’S, Maria. Communist ideology, law, and crime. New York, N.Y., U.S.A.: St. Martin’s Press, 1988. xv+353 p., bibliogr. p. 317-346, index, 22 cm.
Criminal Justice, Administration of–Soviet Union – Criminal Justice, Administration of–Poland – Law and Socialism.
ISBN 0312152817; LC 86013752.

NEW YORK STATE ORGANIZED CRIME TASK FORCE. [et al.]. An analysis of Russian-emigre crime in the tri-state region. [New York, N.Y., U.S.A.]: The Task Force; [Trenton, N.J., U.S.A.]: New Jersey State Commission of Investigation, [1996]. ii+70 p., ill., bibliogr. p. 65-70, 28 cm.
Russian-American Criminals–Middle Atlantic States and New Jersey – Organized Crime–Middle Atlantic States and New Jersey.
LC 96622318.

SIMIS, Konstantin M. USSR – the corrupt society: the secret world of Soviet capitalism. (Translated by Jacqueline Edwards and Mitchell Schneider). New York, N.Y., U.S.A.: Simon and Schuster, ©1982. 316 p., index, 22 cm.
Political Corruption–Soviet Union.
ISBN 0671250035; LC 82005809.

UNITED STATES. CONGRESS. COMMISSION ON SECURITY AND COOPERATION IN EUROPE. Crime and corruption in Russia. (Witnesses, Friday, June 10, 1994: Dr. Louise Shelley and Stephen Handelman). Washington, D.C., U.S.A.: The Commission, (Implementation of the Helsinki Accords), [1994]. 26 p., 28 cm.
Organized Crime–Russia (Federation) – Crime–Russia (Federation) – Political Corruption–Russia (Federation).
LC 94204450.

Bribery and corruption in the OSCE region: hearing before the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, One Hundred Sixth Congress, first session, July 21, 1999. Washington, D.C., U.S.A.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2000. iii+82 p., 23 cm.
Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) – Bribery–Europe – Bribery–Russia (Federation) – Political Corruption–Europe – Political Corruption–Russia (Federation) – Organized Crime–Europe – Organized Crime–Russia (Federation).
ISBN 0160604184. LC 00326389.

HOUSE. COMMITTEE ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS. Global organized crime: hearing before the Committee on International Relations, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourth Congress, second session, January 31, 1996. Washington, D.C., U.S.A.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1996. iii+148 p., ill., bibliogr., 24 cm.
Transnational Crime – Organized Crime – Organized Crime–Russia (Federation) – Mafia–Russia (Federation).
ISBN 0160526205; LC 96160122.

The threat from Russian organized crime: hearing before the Committee on International Relations, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourth Congress, second session, April 30, 1996. Washington, D.C., U.S.A.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1996. iii+153 p., ill., bibliogr., index, 24 cm.
Organized Crime–Russia (Federation) – Organized Crime–United States – Transnational Crime.
ISBN 0160535549; LC 96218455.

SENATE. COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS. PERMANENT SUBCOMMITTEE ON INVESTIGATIONS. Russian organized crime in the United States: hearing before the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations of the Committee on Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Fourth Congress, second session, May 15, 1996. Washington, D.C., U.S.A.: U.S. Government Printing Office, (Serial; 104-604), 1996. iv+206 p., ill., 24 cm.
Organized Crime–Russia (Federation) – Organized Crime–United States – Russian Americans–United States – International Offenses.
ISBN 0160536324; LC 98107834.

VAKSBERG, Arkady. The Soviet Mafia. (Translated from the Russian by John and Elizabeth Roberts). New York, N.Y., U.S.A.: St. Martin’s Press, 1991. x+275+[12] p., ill., index, 25 cm.
Organized Crime–Soviet Union–History – Soviet Union–Politics and Government–1953-1991.
ISBN 0312071353; LC 91026569.

WEBSTER, William H.; DE BORCHGRAVE, Arnaud.; CILLUFFO, Frank J. [eds.]. Russian organized crime and corruption: Putin’s challenge: Global Organized Crime Project. Washington, D.C., U.S.A.: Center for Strategic and International Studies, (CSIS Task Force Report), 2000. xviii+73 p., 28 cm.
Organized Crime–Russia (Federation) – Political Corruption–Russia (Federation).
ISBN 0892063726; LC 00009564.

WILLIAMS, Phil. [ed.]. Russian organized crime: the new threat? London, G.B.; Portland, Or., U.S.A.: F. Cass, ©1997. 270 p., bibliogr., 24 cm.
Organized Crime–Russia (Federation) – Political Corruption–Russia (Federation) – Organized Crime–New York Metropolitan Area – Russian American Criminals–New York Metropolitan Area – Russia (Federation)–Social Conditions, 1991-….
ISBN 0714647632; 0714643122; LC 96030098.


BERNSTEIN, Jonas. “A Fistful of Rubles.” American Spectator, 29 (January 1996), pp. 28-30+.

DOUGLASS, Joseph D. Jr. “Organized Crime in Russia: Who’s Taking Whom to the Cleaners?” Conservative Review, 6:3 (May-June 1995), pp. 23-27.

DUNN, Guy M. “The Russian Mafia.” The World Today, 51:1 (January 1995), p. 20.

HANDELMAN, Stephen. “The Russian ‘Mafiya’.” Foreign Affairs, 73:2 (March 1, 1994), p. 83.

JUNNINEN, Mika; AROMAA, Kauko. “Professional Crime Across the Finnish-Estonian Border.” Crime Law and Social Change, 34:4 (December 2000), pp. 319-347.

KRYSHTANOVSKAYA, Olga. “Russia’s Mafia Landscape: A Sociologist’s View.” Current Digest of the Post Soviet Press, 47 (October 1995), pp. 1-5.

LAMPERT, Nick. “Law and Order in the USSR: The Case of Economic and Official Crime.”Soviet Studies, 36 (July 1984), pp. 366-385.

LECOMTE, Bernard. “L’empire du milieu.” L’Express, (11 Mars 1993), pp. 24-27.

Assembly of equipment for making Zastava 10 – Punto begins

January 26, 2007

Serbian Minister of Economy Predrag Bubalo said today at Kragujevac car factory Zastava that the assembly of the first part of equipment for making Zastava 10 – Punto under licence of Italian Fiat has begun.
Bubalo said that the first home-made Punto is expected to be released in June. 4,000 cars of that type should be made by the end of the year.
The production of Zastava 10 – Punto will enable the domestic car industry, which consists of over 200 companies, to start making parts for the new model and launch a new investment cycle.

Source: Ministry of Economy-Serbia.

India upgrades its aircraft

January 25, 2007

India signed a defense agreement with Russia in order to upgrade its 66 MiG-29. The 850 million USD contract includes the installation of modern electronic equipment, radars, and jet turbines. Moreover the aircraft will become capable of flight fuelling thus expanding their ability for long distance flights.

The MiG-29 were bought by India between 1986 and 1996.

UNITED NATIONS news centre -Status proposal on Kosovo-

January 24, 2007

UN envoy to present future status proposal for Kosovo on Friday

23 January 2007 – A United Nations proposal for the future status of the Albanian-majority Serbian province of Kosovo, which the world body has run since Western forces drove out Yugoslav troops in 1999 amid brutal ethnic fighting, will be presented to a group of concerned countries on Friday and to the parties early next month.

UN officials have not disclosed details of the proposal which
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Envoy for Kosovo’s future status process, Martti Ahtisaari, will present in Vienna to the so-called Contact Group – the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy and Russia – who have been helping to seek a solution for the province where ethnic Albanians outnumber Serbs and others by 9 to 1.

Mr. Ahtisaari then travels to Belgrade and Pristina on 2 February to officially present his proposal to both sides, UN spokesman Michele Montas told reporters in New York today.

The envoy will then wait for feedback from the parties before sending the proposal on to the Secretary-General, who will then transmit it to the

“It will be up to the Security Council to decide when it wants to consider Kosovo,” Ms. Montas said.

Independence and autonomy are among options that have been mentioned but Serbia rejects independence, and the most recent UN report on the province said Kosovo’s provisional ethnic Albanian Government and Serbia remained “diametrically opposed” in their views of the future status.

Mr. Ahtisaari had originally planned to present his proposal to the parties last year but postponed doing so until after Serbia’s parliamentary
elections on 21 January.

Since his appointment a year ago, Mr. Ahtisaari has been holding talks with Kosovo and Serbian delegations in Vienna but these have not progressed beyond technical issues such as the decentralization of municipalities. A major issue is providing sufficient security to encourage Serb refugees to return.

In early 1999, the province was the scene of atrocities and the forceful displacement of hundreds of thousands of ethnic Albanians. After a
three-month intervention by North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), culminating in the arrival of troops, most of the Albanian population
returned to their homes within days.

But only some 15,600 returns of ethnic Serbs, Roma and other minorities have been registered out of the estimated 250,000 who fled after the withdrawal of Serbian forces in 1999.