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> The mob wasn't replaced by FSB, it was the FSB from the start

Back in late 80s and early 90s there was a mod and there was a FSB, with former comprised predominantly of criminals and former athletes. I am sure you are well aware of that if you lived in Russia at that time.

Yes. But we are talking about the high level mobsters. Those that grabbed whole enterprises and were running multi-million dollar racket jobs, not local street gangs.

Some people think of local street gangs because they are just more visible, I am thinking of mobsters who were running the whole country. There were often connections between the two but both were operating at different scales and in different domains.

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