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The Vinci Family is the oldest of the three Mafia families around the globe

Profaci was head of the Profaci family one of the five families in New York City. The relationship between the two bosses became stronger when Salvatore Bonanno married Profaci's niece Rosalie in 1956. Russia after the collapse of Communism, the state security system had all but collapsed, forcing businessmen to hire criminal gangs to enforce their contracts and protect their properties from thieves. These gangs are popularly called "the Russian Mafia" by foreigners, but they prefer to go by the term "krysha".

In Italy, the term associazione di tipo Mafioso ("Mafia-type organisation") is used to clearly distinguish the uniquely Sicilian Mafia from other criminal organisations that are structured like the Sicilian Mafia, such as the Camorra, the 'Ndrangheta and the Sacra Corona Unita. Article 416-bis of the Italian Penal Code, under which all criminal organisations are prosecuted, defines an association as being of Mafia-type nature "when those belonging to the association exploit the potential for intimidation which their membership gives them, and the compliance and omertà which membership entails and which lead to the committing of crimes, the direct or indirect assumption of management or control of financial activities, concessions, permissions, enterprises and public services for the purpose of deriving profit or wrongful advantages for themselves or others."

  • 15 may 2015
  • Sicilian Mafia
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  • Armanian mafia, cartel


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    Giovanni Falcone

    May 24, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    Mafia organizations entirely control the building sector in Palermo – the quarries where aggregates are mined, site clearance firms, cement plants, metal depots for the construction industry, wholesalers for sanitary fixtures, and so on. The 1950s saw the Mafia heavily penetrate the construction and cement industries. The cement business was appealing to the Mafia because it allows high levels of local economic involvement and is a good front for illegitimate operations.

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      Lucky Luciano

      May 25, 2015 at 3:35 pm

      The First Mafia War was the first high-profile conflict between Mafia clans in post-war Italy.

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