Russian Gangs Of New York RFERL By Carl Schreck. Alexandre Grant, “A former correspondent for the venerable emigre newspaper “Novoye Russkoye Slovo,” Grant has cultivated convicted murderers and extortionists as sources and landed interviews with notorious reputed crime kingpins like Ukrainian-born Semion Mogilevich, listed by the FBI on its “10 Most Wanted” list of fugitives.” Grant grew up in Moscow and spent 12 years in Soviet prison, emigrating to Brighton Beach in 1985.
Crime bosses: Boris Nayfeld, Marat Balagula, and
Monya Elson murder, extortion, the “toughest, most feared Russian gangsters ever to make his mark on U.S. soil.” Jerry Capeci, mob expert
Semion Mogilevich, “the most powerful mobster…in the world,” Monya Elson
Oleg Korotayev, Soviet boxer who defeated Leon Spinks in 1974, turned mob enforcer, shot in Brighton Beach in January, 1994.