Why do Chechens look alike to Albanians

Imported mafia

Poznan, March 4th, 2002, WPROST, Polish

The drug and arms trade, prostitution and people smuggling, all of these "branches" have been taken over by foreign criminal syndicates in Poland. The groups of Albanians from Kosovo and Macedonia have practically taken control of the drug smuggling via the so-called "Balkan Route". Ecstasy pills from Macedonia, heroin from Turkey and marijuana from Kosovo are transported through Poland. The arms trade is controlled by the Ukrainians and Chechens (...). People smuggling is a domain of the Ukrainians and Bulgarians.

The Albanians - like the Chechens, Armenians and Ukrainians - have established their European base here. The "imported criminals" have taken advantage of the fact that the largest local criminal gangs have been crushed by the police. They have not declared war on the remaining members of the mafia, but simply bought their services. The police cannot even start persecuting these ethnic groups because there is no way to smuggle an informant into them.

The most important cities on the so-called "Balkan Route" include Krakow, Warsaw and Szczecin, which also serve as the main logistics centers of the Albanian mafia. The drugs from Albania, Turkey and Bulgaria are first transported to the large camps in Slovakia. Then they are brought to warehouses in southern Poland, sorted and then distributed across Poland by legal trading companies.

The goods to be smuggled to the west are stored on the coast of Poland. "The Albanian Mafia is made up of family clans from Kosovo and Macedonia. It is practically impossible to get inside information about these groups, as their members are very loyal and very well organized. Some of these people even joined the Kosovo Liberation Army trained ", explains an officer from the Central Investigation Bureau of the police.

A year ago, 80 kg of marijuana were seized from a fisherman's house on the Bay of Szczecin, the value of which is around two million zlotys on the black market. This house, which belongs to an Albanian, pseudonym Alek, who is legally residing in Szczecin, was used as an illegal camp. During the investigation it was established that he was the head of a family clan living in Szczecin. The Albanians worked with Chechens from Wroclaw and the Gorzow Wielkopolski region. (....)

There is also a specialization in human trafficking: Ukrainians care for women from the former Soviet Union and Bulgarians are responsible for women from the Balkans. These women are taken to the large "society agencies" near Warsaw, where they are then auctioned off. Such an "auction" was uncovered by the police some time ago. "The Bulgarians arrested in Grojec (Warsaw Region -MD.) Are accused of kidnapping and mistreatment of women. They are also held responsible for forcing these women into prostitution," said Sub-Commissioner Jacek Raczkiewicz, from the commandant's office the police in Mazowsze. "Traces of torture were found on some of the women and their legs and ribs were broken," the police recall. Other "auctions" were held in a villa in a suburb of Wolomin. Bulgarians, Ukrainians, Moldovans and Romanians were sold there. The buyers were criminals from Poland and Germany. A price of 500 to 2,000 DM was paid for a woman

The competition with the criminals from Ukraine was made up of Palestinians and Jordanians. One of these groups, which smuggled a few hundred people into the West, was crushed by the police in Wroclaw. "There was a very precise hierarchy in this organization. The Poles were only treated as" executors "and kept away from the group's secrets," says Slawomir Cisowski, from the main police station in Wroclaw.

Even with the mafia from Vietnam, which is closed to representatives of other ethnic groups, there is a strict distribution of roles. Disobedience is punished with death. (....) The boss of the Vietnamese Mafia in Poland is Hieu Van Phau, who lives in Warsaw. Tran Quien Hieu, who rules the gangs on the coast, also plays an important role. He was at the head of a group that specialized in extortion and was involved in people smuggling to Germany and Scandinavia.

Recently, at the 10-lecia stadium in Warsaw, Vietnamese people were arrested by the Polish Anti-Terrorism Brigade for trafficking and smuggling people across the border. "I was promised transport to Germany, but here in Warsaw they tried to convince me that I was already in Berlin. When I started to protest, I was beaten and a ransom was demanded from my family," said one of the illegal emigrants from the police.

In the area around the stadium more and more illegal factories are being built in which branded goods and CDs are copied, which the Russians then sell in the markets. Despite all of this, the Vietnamese are listed as good citizens in Polish statistics. There are currently around 30,000 Vietnamese living in Poland. Last year, only 57 of them were suspected of having committed a crime. "The Vietnamese are organized in such a way that no information that could damage their reputation can leak out," explains Teresa Halik, from the Institute of Oriental Studies at the University of Warsaw. (...) The Vietnamese form the after the Russians and Ukrainians third largest national group trying to stay in Poland and fourth when applying for a work permit.

As early as 1994, the then Interior Minister, Andrzej Milczanowski, warned of "the emergence of national gangs founded by the citizens of Vietnam and with ties to Vietnamese criminal groups across Europe". The police from the Central Investigation Bureau claim that the structures of the Vietnamese Mafia in Poland were formed with the permission of the Pruszkow gang. (...) The police were also warned of the Vietnamese by Interpol and the German intelligence service.

The ethnic criminal groups active in our country are very well camouflaged. Basically, they avoid conflicts with the local criminal groups and do not work with them. For this reason there are no complaints about its members. "We have enormous difficulties penetrating such groups. If we cannot catch them in the act, there will be no witnesses because their compatriots will never break the wall of silence and the Poles do not know about it," says Commissioner Maciej Matwiej, von the main police station.

In order to break this wall of silence, the decision was made to set up special units at the Central Investigation Bureau of the Police to deal exclusively with the fight against crimes committed by national criminal groups. The police officers who are to work in these units will complete language courses (which even last for several years) and get to know the culture and customs of the ethnic groups.

"You cannot fight these groups without placing an informant there, preferably at the management level. To do this, however, the representatives of the respective ethnic groups would have to be included in the police. Strangers have no chance here," says Professor Tadeusz Hanausek, head of the department for criminology at the Jagielonen University in Krakow.

We have learned that the officers of the Central Investigation Bureau have already recruited appropriate persons (i.e. Vietnamese, Armenians, Chechens, etc.) and have been trained in the training centers of the police and intelligence services for several months. "Moles" are to be smuggled into the criminal groups this year. (Sta)