Since the beginning of 1995, 25 crime bosses
(vory v zakone) have been held in pre-trail detention centers in Moscow, eight of whom have been released on
bail, Segodnya and Komsomolskaya pravda reported on 21 December. Vladislav Selivanov, the deputy head of
the Interior Ministry's Organized Crime Department in Moscow, said the immunity of criminal leaders is due to
the "extremely high degree of corruption of the authorities." Police say about half the earnings of criminal
groups is used to bribe state officials, judges, and journalists.
-- Penny Morvant
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