Macedonian mafia

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Macedonian mafia
Founding location Macedonia
Territory Republic of Macedonia Macedonia
SerbiaMontenegroBosnia and Herzegovina Balkan
European Union European Union
United States Canada North America
Australia Australia
Ethnicity Macedonians and Albanians
Criminal activities Arms trafficking, Assassination, Assault, Auto theft, Bank fraud, Bankruptcy, Blackmailing, Bribery, Car bombing, Contract killing, Extortion, Fraud, Human trafficking, Infiltration of Politics, Illegal gambling, Insurance fraud, Kidnapping, Military corruption, Military Equipment smuggling, Money laundering, Murder, Police corruption, Political corruption, Protection racket, Racketeering, Tax evasion, Theft, Witness intimidation, Witness tampering.
Allies Serbian Mafia, Bulgarian mafia, Albanian mafia, Russian mafia, Italian mafia, Turkish mafia, Romanian mafia, Chinese mafia[1]

The Macedonian Mafia is the body of illegal gangs and criminal organisations operating in the Macedonia and within the Macedonian diaspora.


Macedonian organized crime figures operate mostly in Switzerland, England, Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo and Bulgaria.

These countries are primarily favored by Macedonian organized crime figures for operating in or for forming partnerships with local organized crime groups, primarily from other Balkan or Eastern European countries as well as Italian syndicates, for their cultural, linguistic, ethnographic and geographical similarities as well as because of existing mutual ties between the organized crime groups or their members abroad and in the home countries, or the use of

Countries such was Switzerland, Monaco, Luxembourg and Cyprus are used for off-shore banking and money laundering, as well as Canada, the United States, Australia and New Zealand. Macedonian organized crime groups co-operate with other Balkan organized crime groups including the Serbian, Bulgarian and Albanian groups, both in the Balkans and in other places around the world, as well as the Italian mafia and the Russian mafia.

Macedonian organized crime is usually centered on all types of legitimate businesses alongside typical organized crime activities such as smuggling, import and export, drug trafficking, extortion, arms trade, fraud, auto theft, racketeering, gambling, human trafficking, murder, contract killing, bodyguarding, prostitution and money laundering. Macedonian organized crime is also involved in security companies like the Bulgarian mafia, as well as with them, especially operating out of cities in eastern Macedonia, such as Štip. They are thought to have ties with the Janev Clan and the Albanian Mafia when concerning the trade of tobacco. Macedonian organized crime in Australia and Toronto, Canada is predominant among youth.

Macedonian organized crime, similarly to Bulgarian, Serbian, Albanian and Russian organized crime, utilizes the concept of using security groups to protect their businesses, enforce their power and eliminate competition. These security groups are usually composed of ex military, special forces, martial artists/MMA fighters and bodybuilders. While most security groups are responsible for low level activities such as posing as nightclub bouncers(nightclubs are a Macedonian gangsters' favorite meeting and party place, along with the kafana).

These security groups hide behind and operate mainly under a corporate structure, but some are more militarized than others and have been labelled as terrorist groups. It's also safe to say that the Macedonian military itself is also heavily influenced and involved in organized crime activities and is a breeding and training ground for some gangsters[citation needed]. Some well known and higher quality security groups usually possess Macedonia's best and most infamous enforcers, and aside having checkered backgrounds these criminals have gone to be the top ranking Macedonian politicians(presidents and prime ministers) and businessmen's personal security detail and bodyguards[citation needed]. They have even killed people on their behalf[citation needed].

Same as the above, the banking system in Macedonia heavily relies on organized crime in order to flourish[citation needed], with limited foreign funding from its umbrella banks in Western European countries, it's unable to flourish on its own. It's also safe to say that some Western European, Russian and Middle Eastern banks have set up money laundering centers in Macedonia in the form of banks, companies, religious and educational institutions[citation needed].

Recently, a growing trend[citation needed] in Macedonia used by organized crime groups to launder money(because of the country's poorly organized justice and financial system and widespread political corruption it's hard for law enforcement officials to find evidence highlighting any type of illegal activities in terms of financial crimes when the Macedonian legal statues on financial crime is still heavily based on the Communist Yugoslavian one which does not apply in any way to the modern Capitalist system) is through the use of gambling institutions such as sports betting and casinos[citation needed].

Key people[edit]

Born/died Title Info Affiliation
Petrit Ame[2] 1959– Head Boss Drug-related crimes, Environmental crimes, Thefts.[3] He was accused of assassination attempt on Macedonian President Kiro Gligorov[4][5] Own gang
Ljuzmi Ramadani
 ????– Gangster Racketeering[6][7][8] Own gang
Metodija Smilenski  ????– Gangster Involvement in organized crime in Austria and Macedonia. Arrested and serving sentence in Macedonia.[9][10] Own gang
Ken Janakievski  ????– Gangster Involvement in organized crime in Australia. Arrested and serving sentence in Australia.[11] Own gang
Marjan Tushevski  ????-2003 Gangster Involvement in organized crime in Macedonia, killed. Own gang
Zoran Manaskov
 ????- Head Boss Heroin ring operating in Germany and Austria based out of the city of Veles, arrested in police action: "Conductor" in 2010, serving 13-year sentence in Macedonia.[12][13][14] Frankfurt mafia
Berat Zendeli
"Wolfman" (E7 Clique)
 ????- Boss Underground & Gangs Controlling neighborhoods and control prositut sale and purchase of queen [15][16] Own gang
Bajrush Sejdiu
 ????- Head Boss Brother in law of Hashim Thaci,[17] involved in tobacco smuggling,[18] arrested in police action: "Ash" [19][20][21] Bajrushci
The Bajrush's
Nezim Allii  ????- Head Boss Drug trafficking (heroin), extortion, assault, tax evasion, money laundering, fraud, blackmailing in Macedonia and Switzerland, arrested in police action: "Kalabria"[22][23][24][25] Nezimci
The Nezim's
Romeo Zhivikj
 ????-2006 Gangster Racketeering, arms trafficking, collaborated with Macedonian secret services, killed by Jane Tica[26][27] Own gang
Sasho Dimitrovski
1960-2005 Gangster Racketeering, killed by 2 Bajrushci[28] assassins[29] in his "Europa" restaurant[30] for blood feud.[31] Own gang
Arslan Poda
Arslan Nuishi[32]
 ????- Head Boss Drug smuggling, car theft, racketeering, kidnappings, valiant crimes. Most of the gang is from village Grchec, arrested in police action "Network". Detained and questioned after assassination attempt on Macedonian President Kiro Gligorov for the Bratislava connection[33][34][35][36][37][38] Grchec gang
Fadilj Arslani[39] 1965- Head Boss Extortion, fraud, racketeering and money laundering[40] mostly in town Gostivar and it's surroundings . Most members arrested in police action "Hammer".[41][42][43] Own Gang
Almir Drpljanin  ? Boss Robbery, murder and attempted murder, blood feud.[44] Convicted for life in prison.[45] Arrested in Kosovo and extradited[46] in Macedonia in 2012. Own Gang

The ethnic Albanian community in Macedonia has its roots in the hole picture since the countries independence in 1991, by 1994 the Albanian mafiosi had taken the floor of the best hotel in Skopje, riding in Mercedes's and wearing expensive suits and owning a heroin refinery near Kumanovo.[47]

See also[edit]

Frankfurt mafia


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