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President Putin becomes the 2014 Person of the Year for creating the largest organized crime in the world

According to the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project OCCRP, Russian President Vladimir Putin has won the Person of the Year for 2014 for making the Russian Federation a major center of money laundering and for creating conditions for the development of organized crime not only in Russia, but also abroad.

President Putin becomes the 2014 Person of the Year for creating the largest organized crime in the world

As the organization states, President Putin has become an innovator, working with organized crime. Thanks to Putin, there has been created the military-industrial-political-criminal complex defending Russia's and Putin's personal interests.

"I think Putin sees those interests as one and the same. While there is a long history of criminal groups working with governments around the world, both in the West and in the former Soviet Union, Putin has institutionalized these connections in ways never seen before. For years Putin has created buffer states run by organized crime thugs, like Transnistria, Ossetia, Abkhazia and now Crimea and the Donbass", Drew Sullivan, editor of OSSRR said.

According to the expert, Putin tolerate criminality in exchange for criminals' supports in advancing what he defined as Russian interests.

"Vladimir Putin and his siloviki fused a Cold War mentality with modern organized crime strategies and technology to create a new level of transnational organized crime. The Russian-backed money laundering platforms have exploited the lack of transparency in the global financial and offshore company registrations systems to create a new criminal financial infrastructure used by crime groups from as far away as Mexico and Vietnam," said Paul Radu, executive director of OCCRP.