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Upsizing Crime: Misha Glenny on McMafia Culture


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Darknet agents in Brazil. Money-launderers in Dubai. Gun-runners in Ukraine. And drug syndicates in Canada. Whether it’s phishing scams, black-market pills or black-hat hacking, organised crime has reached beyond state borders to become a truly global phenomenon. 

Covering the fall of Yugoslavia as the BBC’s Central Europe correspondent, Misha Glenny, journalist and author of McMafia: crime without frontiers, saw the predatory growth of organised crime in the political instability that followed. Since then he’s followed the mafia trail, writing DarkMarket: how hackers became the new mafia and, most recently, Nemesis: One Man and the Battle for Rio.

Now, Glenny argues, destabilising political forces – like Trump and Brexit – have given modern organised crime syndicates an unprecedented opportunity to grow, reaching the most powerful positions in the world. ‘…McMafia culture is visible at the very highest instances of state now,’ Glenny cautions, ‘whether you’re looking at the Kremlin or the White House.’ 

Join Misha Glenny for a fascinating  journey through cyber crime, geopolitics and international syndicates, and how they are affecting the world around you.

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Misha Glenny

Misha Glenny is an award-winning journalist who made a name for himself as the BBC’s Central Europe Correspondent covering the 1989 revolutions and the wars in the former Yugoslavia. He has a Sony Gold Award for Outstanding Contribution to Broadcasting and is also a winner of BT’s Information Se... Read more


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