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21 June 2017

INTERPOL gathers investigators to share intelligence on Transnational Eurasian Organized Crime

MOSCOW, Russia – Investigators from 21 countries met to share operational intelligence on Transnational Eurasian Organized Crime (TEOC) as part of INTERPOL’s Project Millennium.

The two-day (20 and 21 June) meeting saw participants updated on the new Millennium analysis file which compiles selected and analyzed data on high-ranking members of these crime groups to highlight previously unidentified connections between investigations.

Launched in 1999, Project Millennium provides a platform for cooperation between countries on combating TEOC, focusing on ‘Thieves in Law’.

At the highest level in the criminal hierarchy, the ‘Thieves in Law’ control the activities of other criminal groups engaged in a wide variety of crimes, such as contract murder, extortion, organized trafficking in drugs and human beings and property crime.

Generally from the republics of the former Soviet Union and former Communist countries of Eastern Europe, the number of TEOC groups is rising steadily and becoming an increasing threat worldwide.

Hosted by the Russian Ministry of the Interior in cooperation with the INTERPOL National Central Bureau in Moscow, the working group meeting was attended by specialists from  Andorra, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong (China), Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Russia, Spain, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates and the United States.