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Camorra: myths and reality


Still from the film "Gomorrah"

Previous articles have covered the Sicilian Mafia and Cosa Nostra, "families" operating in the United States. Now we will talk about criminal communities in other regions of Italy.

Areas controlled by Italian crime families

In this article, we will briefly talk about stories the emergence of the Neapolitan (Campanian) Camorra. The next ones will talk about the new structures of the Camorra, about the women of the Camorra and the emergence of the Sacra Corona Unita. And then let's talk about the Calabrian Ndrangheta.

We must say right away that in Italy itself there is a distinction between the mafia and

“Mafia-type organizations”.

(This is the official term used by Italian lawyers).

Mafia is inextricably linked with Sicily, and the "mafia-type organizations" include the criminal communities of Campania, Puglia and Calabria.

According to information provided to reporters by the FBI, there are currently about 25 thousand people in the above-listed criminal communities in Italy who have connections with criminals in other countries of the world, the number of which reaches 250 thousand. At the same time, the "new" American Cosa Nostra is already weakly connected with the Sicilian mafia and is an independent criminal organization focused mainly on the drug trade.

Neapolitan Camorra

The birthplace of the Camorra is the province of Campania, whose name derives from the Latin word campus - "plain". The map below shows that only the coastal areas of the modern province of Campania are flat. The mountains, however, are not high here - the highest point is 2050 meters.

Camorra: myths and reality

Campania's climate is one of the most favorable for human existence. The fertile plains near Naples and Salerno do not lack moisture. Therefore, in ancient times, this territory was often called the "Happy Campaign".

It is in this Italian province that Vesuvius can be seen. And here was the city of Capua (destroyed by vandals in 456), in the gladiatorial school of which the uprising of Spartacus began.

According to the most probable version, the word "camorra" comes from the name of the gambling game "morra", popular in ancient Rome. The meaning of this game was as follows: several people bent their fingers (or put away coins) and each of them had to guess in advance what the sum of the fingers or coins of all participants would equal. The winner received a "point", the game went up to three points.

Bartolomeo Pinelli. Morra game, 1809

Often there were cases of cheating, when several people conspired to involve in the game and deceive some simpleton. They negotiated in advance about when and how many fingers each of them would bend, and distributed the answers, one of which was necessarily correct. Therefore, the word "morra" has become often used in the meaning of "gang", "gang". And "camorra", therefore - "to be with the gang" or "to be in the gang."

The emergence of the Camorra

The exact time of the Camorra's appearance in the Campaign is unknown.

Sometimes the birth of this criminal community goes back to the XIV century, which is hardly true. Others talk about the XNUMXth century.

Some believe that the Camorra originated at the same time as the Sicilian Cosa Nostra. However, the goals of these organizations turned out to be opposite: the mafia was allegedly originally a "patriotic" criminal organization, and the first Camorra, on the contrary, consisted of royal mercenaries recruited from Spain and terrorized Italian peasants (many Campanian aristocrats were also Spaniards).

Hence, by the way, another version of the formation of the name "Camorra" - from the old Spanish word "chamora" - the so-called short jacket, which was often worn by mercenaries in those parts. With the help of this hypothesis, they try to explain the centuries-old hostile relations between the Sicilian mafia and the Campanian Camorra.

And only after the Neapolitan Bourbons (the Spanish branch of this dynasty) came to power, another Camorra appeared in Campania - from the local poor.

The first written mentions of the "Camorra" appear only at the beginning of the XNUMXth century.

So, in 1820, the appearance in Naples of the Bella Societa Riformata society, also known as Societa Della Umirta, Annurataq Sugirta, “Respected Society”, was recorded. The Camorrists themselves called themselves

"People of honor."

Contrary to this name, members of this society were by no means aristocrats, but people from the social lower classes.

Campanian notions of honor can be judged by the story that the bandit Zoto told the protagonist of Jan Potocki's adventure novel The Manuscript Found in Saragossa (first published in 1805).

Father Zoto, a native of the city of Benevento, located 54 km northeast of Naples, in response to the proposal of a jealous husband to kill his unfaithful wife for 150 sequins, says:

“You are wrong, signor.

It’s immediately obvious that you don’t know me.

Yes, I attack people from around the corner or in the forest, as befits a decent person, but I never act as an executioner. "

And here is the result:

"This magnanimous noble deed earned my father great respect, and soon another of the same kind added to his good reputation."

What act "added good reputation" to Zoto's father?

He took turns killing two aristocrats (the marquis and the count), each of whom paid him for the removal of the rival 500 zekhin. After that:

“All the brave men who entered her (Monaldi's gang) did not know how to give praise to such a subtle sense of honor.

I am ready to guarantee that this case is still on the lips of everyone in Benevento. "

The novel also speaks of the authority enjoyed even by the "retired" "deserved bandits" of the Camorra.

Seriously wounded, Father Zoto asked for asylum in the Augustinian monastery, transferring all his savings to the monks. Seeing how, on the orders of a nobleman from the retinue of the Duchess de Rocca, his son was flogged with rods, he says:

"Sir, order to end this torture, or else keep in mind: I have killed more than one, which cost 10 times more than you."

The nobleman was forced to choose whose order he should carry out: the duchess or a suspicious crippled old man.

And he chose to obey the former bandit, since

"I realized that this is not an empty threat."

However, most of the Campanian "people of honor" were not engaged in "big business", but in "small things": they taxed gambling houses and brothels, as well as small traders, "earned money" by smuggling.

That is why the "real" Sicilian mafiosi treated the Camorra with contempt, and Naples was called

"The city of petty crooks."

This contempt by the members of Cosa Nostra for the people of Campania continued into the XNUMXth century.

The famous Alphonse (Al) Capone was a Neapolitan, which made it extremely difficult for him to reach the pinnacle of power in Chicago - he had to kill arrogant Sicilians, who presumptuously believed that only they had the right to be the donors of the "new" American mafia. This was discussed in the article "With a kind word and a pistol." Alphonse (Al) Capone in Chicago.

But the Sicilian Lucky Luciano finally saved the American Cosa Nostra from these prejudices, who took turns destroying two New York bosses of the "old school" - Giuseppe Masseria and Salvatore Maranzano. And along with them, those who did not think to run across to the winner in time. This was discussed in the article Mafia in New York.

Under the Bourbons in the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, on the one hand, ordinary members of the Camorra were persecuted, but on the other, the authorities did not hesitate to use their services. For example, a certain Luigi Curzio, sentenced in 1839 to 12 years in prison for theft and smuggling, became a police informant who spied not on criminals, but on political opponents of the Bourbons. And even the aristocrats did not disdain ties with the authoritative leaders of the Camorra. Queen Maria Carolina, for example, did not hide her friendly feelings for Gaetano Mammon, one of the "bosses" of the Camorra, and even called him

"My dear general."

When the last king of the Neapolitan Bourbon dynasty, Francis II, on the news of Giuseppe Garibaldi's movement to Naples, fled to Gaeta, the Camorrists controlled by Police Minister Liborio Romano on September 7, 1860 took over the protection of the "liberator of Italy" (who, at Romano's invitation, arrived here from Salerno by train) ...

At that time, the garrison of Naples was still loyal to the king. Had a strong and authoritative person found here, who decided to give the order for the arrest of Garibaldi, the career of this revolutionary could have ended in this city.

Francesco Wenzel. Garibaldi's entrance to Naples on September 7, 1860. Engraving

The "honeymoon" of the Camorra's idyllic relationship with the new government did not last long. The southern regions of Italy lagged far behind the northern regions in development, and the standard of living here was extremely low.

Plus, now Campania (and other southern provinces) was flooded with cheaper goods from Lombardy and other northern regions, which caused the ruin of many local businesses. In 1862, the uprising of workers in the Naples arsenal was suppressed by the new government, with dozens of people killed. Then anti-government peasant uprisings began in Campania. Many of these people who did not have any social prospects then joined the ranks of the "Respected Society".

The first serious trial of the Camorrists took place in 1911, when he was killed by the local bandit Cuokolo's accomplices for his collaboration with the police.

Photo from the trial of members of the Camorra, 1911

Unlike the classic Sicilian mafia, the Camorra was a loose conglomerate of different gangs, which sometimes could act in concert, but more often they competed with each other and sometimes there were "clan wars", which in Italy are called "faids". And therefore, after the conviction of the main ringleaders (27 people), this organization found itself in a deep crisis, having lost even the beginnings of centralized management. In May 1915, the dissolution of Bella Societa Riformata was announced.

During the campaign against mafia structures announced by Mussolini, investigators no longer found any signs of organized crime in the Campaign: ordinary, unrelated gangs of criminals were operating in Naples and its environs. And the Duce announced a complete victory over the Camorra.

A new breath of the Camorre opened a collaboration with the famous boss of New York's Cosa Nostra Lucky Luciano, who was exiled from the United States to Italy in 1946. He decided to make Naples a transshipment base for smuggling cigarettes, and along with drugs.

Charles (Lucky) Luciano (Salvatore Lucania), Sicily, Italy, 1949

Lucky's "business partner" was former New Orleans boss Silvestro Carollo, nicknamed "Silver Dollar Sam", also exiled from the United States in 1947. It was he who managed to defend his city from the encroachments of Al Capone himself, as described in the article Mafia in the USA. Black Hand in New Orleans and Chicago.

It was cooperation with the Sicilians that contributed to the birth of a new and already truly formidable Camorra.

Modern Camorra

Occupying only the third place in influence among the four criminal communities in Italy, Camorra is now the most "bloody" of them: the bosses of the Mafia and, especially, the Ndranghets in recent years have been striving to look not like traditional "Don" and "godfathers", but respectable businessmen. As you know, big money "loves silence", and therefore the leaders of the Sicilian and Calabrian clans try not to attract the attention of the authorities.

They are reluctant to go to "wet business" - only in the most extreme cases. Excesses like the famous execution of members of one of the Calabrian "families" in Duisburg (this will be discussed in the article on Ndragnet) are, rather, an exception to the rule. Camorrists, on the other hand, don't usually think when pulling the trigger.

It is curious that, as in the Sicilian mafia, in Camorra there is a ritual associated with kissing: a kiss on the lips means a promise to be silent during the investigation.

Kiss of the arrested Camorrists, photo by Der Spiegel magazine

But in the mafia, a kiss on the lips is a death sentence. Let us recall at the same time that a kiss on the cheek in the Sicilian tradition is a promise to treat as an equal, and a kiss of the hand is a recognition of a subordinate position.

Scottish historian John Dickey, author of The History of the Mafia, said in an interview that the Camorra is still

“Is not a single organization ...

It is a formless conglomeration of various groups, some of which are just small gangs of drug dealers, while others have great power to influence politics and the economy.

In Naples and its environs, the Camorra is now a kind of proletarian crime. "

Roberto Saviano, author of the investigative book Gomorrah, said in an interview:

"The Camorra's horizontal hierarchy allows her to constantly form new groups: find five guys and open a business that (the heads of the" families ") will let you open."

Other researchers call the modern Camorra

"A melting pot where organized and domestic crime is mixed."

The lowest level is occupied by spontaneously forming youth gangs, such as our "Lyuber" at the end of the 80s.

They serve as a personnel reserve for more serious "brigades" that "hunt" in the rich "bourgeois" areas, where they usually distribute drugs.

Camorrists of these gangs usually do not commit crimes in the quarters of their base, on the contrary, they make sure that the young, as they say, "see the edges" and especially not limitless.

These "brigades" are under the control of the big bosses of the Camorra, who themselves, of course, do not participate in the criminal showdown. Ordinary Camorrists and their “brigadiers” “work on the ground”, carrying out various orders of their bosses, including, if necessary, waging wars with bands of opposing clans.

And finally, at the top of this pyramid are top-level structures that do really big things - from participating in international drug trafficking to investing in real estate and legal businesses throughout Italy and abroad. One such boss was, for example, Gennaro Licciardi, who co-founded Alleanza di Secondigliano.

Arrested by Gennaro Licciardi, 2 August 1992

This Alliance united 6 families, up to 20 gangs were subordinate to it in Secondigliano and other suburbs of Naples. Later, Alleanza di Secondigliano was headed by Gennaro's sister Maria, which will be discussed in the next article.

John Dickey, quoted by us, also argues that, in comparison with other criminal communities in Italy, the Camorra is

"The most pompous."

"Its members love to dress expensively and pretentiously, and hang on themselves with gold ornaments."

This is also quite understandable, given the not at all "patrician" origin of most of the members of this community.

Roberto Saviano, mentioned by us, said about the Camorrists in an interview (2006):

“Cinema directly determines their fashion. After all, a serious person needs to look so that he can be recognized on the street ...

The "godmother" Immacolata Capone, shot two years ago, dressed exactly like Uma Thurman. "

We will talk about this lady (and many others) in the article "Women of the Camorra".

For now, let's continue to quote Saviano:

“The (Camorrists) don't hold the pistol straight today either, it's already outdated.

During the shooting, he is held obliquely, like the guys from "Pulp Fiction" ...

When the son of one of the bosses of the Camorra, Cosimo di Lauro, was arrested, the children shouted:

"Raven, raven"!

The thing is, Di Lauro was dressed exactly like Brandon Lee in The Raven (as a rock star reborn from the dead). "

Arresto Cosimo Di Lauro

In the book Gomorrah, Roberto Saviano describes his arrest as follows:

“When Cosimo heard the footsteps of the carabinieri in army boots who came to arrest him, the clang of the bolts, he did not try to run, did not get weapon.

He stood in front of the mirror, moistened a comb, combed back the hair from his forehead and gathered it in a ponytail at the back of his head, leaving a few strands to lie around his neck.

He was dressed in a dark turtleneck and a black cloak.

Cosimo Di Lauro looked comical in a gangster style, in the style of a night killer, and descended the stairs with his head held high. "

And here is what followed his arrest:

“A pogrom begins, residents of neighboring houses smash cars, pour gasoline into bottles, set them on fire and throw them.

This group hysteria is not needed to derail the arrest, as it might seem, but to prevent vendetta. To avoid even a shadow of suspicion.

This is a sign for Cosimo that he was not betrayed. Nobody betrayed him, it was not the neighbors who discovered the secret hideout.

This large-scale event is a kind of prayer for forgiveness, a service in the name of atonement for sins, where the sacrificial altar is built of smoldering police cars and overturned dumpsters, over which hangs black smog from burning tires.

If Cosimo suspects something, then they will not even have time to collect their things: they will face another merciless punishment - the wrath of his comrades-in-arms. "

(Roberto Saviano. "Gomorrah").

It is curious that many wealthy Camorrists, hung with gold chains and driving prestigious cars, remain to live in poor quarters of Naples: moving to "bourgeois" areas is considered "bad form", and "associates" can get it "wrong." "Not by concept", in general.

A modest dwelling of a Neapolitan Camorrist, frame from the TV series "Gomorrah", 2014

Modern camorrists are passionate about football.

The bosses of one of the Neapolitan Camorra clans patronized Diego Maradona when he was the attacker of the local club "Napoli" (incidentally, "hooked" him on cocaine). It was suggested that half of the money for the transfer of this Argentinean was allocated by Camorra (the contract of 14 billion lire was a record for Serie A, and was clearly beyond the means of the hopeless middle peasant Napoli).

And the Casalesi clan, through dummies, tried to buy Lazio in 2008.

But we will talk about this in the next article - "New structures of the Camorra and Sacra Corona Unita". It will tell about the "New Family" and "New Organization of the Camorra", as well as - about the Apulian criminal community Sacra corona unita, in the organization of which had a hand in Rafaelo Cutolo, the creator of Nuova Camorra Organizzata.

And then we'll talk about the women of the Camorra.
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  1. Jolly Roger
    Jolly Roger 17 March 2021 18: 06
    An interesting article with a lot of interesting facts, thanks to the author!
    And then we'll talk about the women of the Camorra.

    I will look forward to it, it promises to be very informative.
    1. Monster_Fat
      Monster_Fat 17 March 2021 18: 45
      Dissatisfaction with the ruling in states, the lack of ruling actions to translate the interests of the people in the country and the lack of common, charismatic, popular leaders uniting many groups of the population of the state led to the creation of such "mafias", "organizations", "societies", etc., designed to create as if a state within a state, for the "correct" organization of the life of the people within a small group of the population, connected with each other or relatives, or some other kind of ties. In principle, a normal situation is if the state rejects the interests of the people, then people begin to reject the interests of such a state. Koni also said that "... crime is a normal reaction of normal people (with rare exceptions, maniacs, etc.) to abnormal living conditions in the country and to an abnormal situation in society itself ..."
    2. VLR
      17 March 2021 20: 03
      You are right, "Women of the Camorra" is an extremely interesting article, however the second article about the Camorra (next) is also. To me, these three articles seem very successful.
      1. Richard
        Richard 17 March 2021 20: 39
        Good evening, Valery hi
        Thank you for the article. good Today it is just like an outlet in the "History" section.
        1. Catfish
          Catfish 17 March 2021 21: 40
          Hi Dima. hi
          for today just as an outlet in the "History" section.
          , not only on "History", alas.
      2. Alien From
        Alien From 17 March 2021 21: 35
        Vai articles are wonderful! I look forward to continuing! good
  2. Trilobite Master
    Trilobite Master 17 March 2021 18: 51
    For some reason, I remembered our film "Dog in the Manger". Although there is Spain, the character of Armen Dzhigarkhanyan, or rather, the bandit he portrayed ("I really am Zhivopyra" laughing ), somehow very much reminded me of the noble bandits of the Camorra, described at the beginning of the article. Apparently, Lope de Vega knew more about life than he wrote ... smile
    1. Normal ok
      Normal ok 17 March 2021 19: 16
      who lived in the 90s knows more about banditry than Lope de Vega. Several colleagues participated ((
    2. Richard
      Richard 17 March 2021 20: 42
      noble bandits of the Camorra, described at the beginning of the article

      The Camorra is Italy's bloodiest mafia group. Researchers estimate that since the late 1970s, its members have killed more than 3,6 thousand people. This is more than the number of victims of all other mafia structures in Italy, Albania and several other European countries combined, including the legendary Cosa Nostra.
    3. Catfish
      Catfish 17 March 2021 22: 09
      Hi Michael hi
      Yes, Dzhigarkhanyan in this role is really very good. smile
  3. Cowbra
    Cowbra 17 March 2021 19: 26
    By the way, about football - it's been known for a long time that Napoli is a mafioso ... Although there was a figlee there. even if the president of them, Berlusconi
    1. Far B
      Far B 18 March 2021 02: 00
      Disagreeing. Berlusconi is Milan and Milan (man and steamer city ​​and football club respectively).
      1. Stirbjorn
        Stirbjorn 18 March 2021 09: 45
        Quote: Dalny V
        Berlusconi is Milan and Milan

        At the same time, a great friend of Putin! So in vain Cowbra wrote him down to the mafioso. However, wadded cheers-patriots are usually very ignorant wassat
        1. VLR
          18 March 2021 09: 59
          Politics is a dirty thing. The quintessence of this thesis is Roosevelt's famous phrase:
          "Somoza may be a son of a bitch, but he's our son of a bitch" (November 15, 1945)
          ("Somoza may be a son of a bitch, but this is our son of a bitch").
          The thoroughly corrupt head of state "A", even a mafiosi, even a Maoist, even a Pastafarian who wants to be an ally of State B, is much better and more valuable for this country than a highly moral leader who wants confrontation.
          As they say in the special services, "there is no waste, there is personnel."
        2. Okolotochny
          Okolotochny 18 March 2021 12: 44
          However, wadded cheers-patriots

          Are you from Dnepropetrovsk or Donetsk?
    2. Okolotochny
      Okolotochny 18 March 2021 12: 47
      Berlusconi has never been President, he is not from Naples, he is just from the industrialized north of Italy.
      1. Cowbra
        Cowbra 18 March 2021 13: 50
        I mean, he's a mafioso. And the president, the prime minister ... The head of the country, just like that ... In Israel, Germany, Italy - the president is like that, bargaining with his face. But he accepted the criticism.
        1. Okolotochny
          Okolotochny 18 March 2021 16: 29
          I mean, he's a mafioso.

          Presumption of innocence. There were accusations of corruption, but in mafia cases it seems not.
          But he accepted the criticism.
          And I do not criticize in any way. So, I specified. hi
          1. Cowbra
            Cowbra 18 March 2021 16: 52
            Quote: Okolotochny
            but in mafia affairs, it seems not.

            There-tararam))) They sounded like that. He got up at the garbage processing, and the riots with this garbage and pressure from competitors were organized by the mafia.
            1. Alexey RA
              Alexey RA 18 March 2021 17: 44
              Quote: Cowbra
              Tam-tararam))) They sounded like that. He went up at the garbage disposal

              Garbage, construction and transportation are three legal whales of organized crime. smile
              Sometimes they merge: EMNIP, in the United States, a structure was revealed that united carriers and road builders: some were loaded above the norm for these roads, while others received regular repair contracts. Weight control was blindfolded with bucks.
  4. Klingon
    Klingon 17 March 2021 19: 27
    Interestingly, in general he knew little about the mafia and its organization. I will definitely read the sequel, thanks to the author!
  5. Aviator_
    Aviator_ 17 March 2021 19: 31
    Well, the author in vain wrote about Lyuber. It was at this time (from the mid-80s to the mid-90s) that I lived in Lyubertsy and I can testify that the main horror stories about the Lyuber were spread by correspondents of the central newspapers - MK and Komsomolskaya Pravda. And they bore a sensationally liar character.
    1. VLR
      17 March 2021 20: 10
      Yes, the "yellow zhurnalyugi" demonized Lyuberov. What they wrote about went beyond the "gangs of the first, lower level." Too high level of organization was attributed to them. But it was spontaneous youth crime and courtyard gangs in Lyubertsy? This is what I meant.
      1. Aviator_
        Aviator_ 17 March 2021 20: 34
        It was an unconscious youth protest against the rock and punk subculture, which was then spreading among the "elite" youth. The basis of the Lyuberians (at that time Lyubertsy was an industrial suburb of Moscow with 300 thousand population) - factory guys, students of vocational schools and technical schools, general leisure - a rocking chair. Although there were serious sports sections in Lyubertsy (boxing, weightlifting, etc.), they had to do it seriously, which not everyone succeeded in. And here is a form of leisure. Youth crime and courtyard (district) gangs were not only in Lyubertsy, but everywhere I lived. Clarification of the relationship between the district and the district (Forshtatskie on Rendovskie and vice versa) - regularly and with pleasure. This is the 60s in Orenburg. Such folk entertainment, not related to business protection or drug trafficking, in my opinion, has been, is and will be everywhere and always. Youth gangs turned into a "kindergarten for mafias" only with the arrival of democracy in our country.
        1. Catfish
          Catfish 17 March 2021 22: 00
          Good evening, Sergey. hi

          It was an unconscious youth protest against rock and punk subcultures,

          What are you talking about, what kind of protest is there, everything came down to the ordinary envy and hatred of the poor provincials for the capital, "fattening", in their opinion. "Lyuber" is an ordinary street punks in checkered pants and all their "protest worldview" fit into one simple formula: "You, Moscow bastard," have American pants, but I do not, so I'll fuck you as much as I can. " all the arithmetic, for these guys were pretty stupid and had no ideological base.

          I myself lived in Moscow at that time and I do not know the situation at that time by hearsay.
          1. Aviator_
            Aviator_ 17 March 2021 22: 09
            everything rested on the ordinary envy and hatred of the poor provincials for the "fattening", in their opinion, the capital. "Lyuber" is an ordinary street punks in checkered pants and all their "protest worldview" fit into one simple formula: "You, Moscow bastard" have American pants, but I do not,

            Well, first of all, the Moscow "elite" in amerskiye pants and hairstyles "Iroquois" itself ran into a conflict. As for the punks - well, how to say, in the Moscow districts there was also enough of it. In principle, the situation can be presented as an incipient confrontation between Moscow and Zamkadye. As for stupidity - well, if you feel more comfortable like that, then I can't do anything about it. He worked with any contingent in our office. It was possible to convince someone else's team of mechanics to work until the end of the second shift on Friday, when in a nutshell he explained to them the meaning of testing the model, and that the Americans would never think of it. By the way, they still haven't thought of it.
            1. Catfish
              Catfish 17 March 2021 22: 14
              ... About stupidity - well, if you feel more comfortable with that,

              So I didn’t mean only “Lyuber”, our “eagles” from Samotyoka also did not shine with great intellect. smile

              By the way, they still haven't thought of it.

              And if it's not a secret, what are we talking about?
              1. Aviator_
                Aviator_ 17 March 2021 22: 28
                On increasing the efficiency of wing mechanization in a number of promising ways. It worked out very well. It did not come to flight tests - glasnost, perestroika, acceleration ...
                1. Catfish
                  Catfish 17 March 2021 22: 30
                  Thanks and sorry we didn't finish. Much has gone to dust ... request
                  1. Aviator_
                    Aviator_ 17 March 2021 22: 32
                    What can I say. For the third time since that time, I change the subject. There won't be a fourth time.
            2. ANB
              ANB 18 March 2021 00: 16
              ... As for the punks - well, how to say, in the Moscow districts it was also enough

              Children's pranks in comparison with Kazan.
      2. Catfish
        Catfish 17 March 2021 22: 02
        Good evening, Valery. hi With "lyuber" everything is correct, but for the article, thank you separately. good
  6. vladcub
    vladcub 17 March 2021 20: 03
    Glory to the Almighty: adequate material! Valery is like a ray of light, otherwise two days are a mess
  7. Darkness
    Darkness 17 March 2021 20: 53
    Wah! What a haroshi zametka! I ran to read.
  8. Bolt cutter
    Bolt cutter 17 March 2021 22: 50
    The humble dwelling of a Neapolitan Camorrist
    In England, in the 70s and 80s, similar apartment buildings were built as social housing - good-quality apartments with parking, private and communal terraces, landscaped courtyards. A specific contingent of residents was turned from the scenery for films about the post-apocalypse.
  9. Bolt cutter
    Bolt cutter 17 March 2021 23: 51
    a kiss on the lips means a promise to be silent during the investigation.
    Therefore, the Camorra's cooperation with the Russian mafia is impossible. lol
  10. ANB
    ANB 18 March 2021 00: 13
    A very interesting series of articles.
    Thanks to the author.
    We look forward to continuing.
  11. Moskovit
    Moskovit 18 March 2021 08: 32
    When we were in Naples, the tour guide unceasingly intimidated us with pickpockets and petty criminals, so we all walked holding our precious bags to our chests. I wanted to ask for parabellum, but nothing happened to anyone. The city center is crowded with tourists. There are many lovely streets. Cafes. Everything is beautiful.

    But when we drove through the outskirts, we saw a lot of shabby houses and for the first time in Italy, and accordingly in Europe, a whole city in the trash heap. Apparently this is their city dump, and right among the garbage, there were shacks made of their garbage. Dozens of houses ... It was wild. A half hour drive from the magnificent palaces and monuments of Pompeii, such a nightmare ..
    1. VLR
      18 March 2021 09: 03
      Corporate identity of Naples thieves:

      This, of course, is a staged shot from some TV show.
      1. Moskovit
        Moskovit 18 March 2021 10: 06
        To snatch a bag from our man's hands?)) You have to be very strong and courageous.
      2. Okolotochny
        Okolotochny 18 March 2021 12: 51
        In the 90s and 2000s, we also had a similar "specialization" (handbags) - people from Georgia and Abkhazia.
    2. VLR
      18 March 2021 09: 05
      And this is Naples during one of the "garbage wars" of the Camorra and the municipality:

      About this - a little in the next article.
  12. Stirbjorn
    Stirbjorn 18 March 2021 09: 46
    The last photo in the article, it shines! Thanks to the author again drinks
  13. Mikhail3
    Mikhail3 18 March 2021 12: 27
    The Mafia of Sicily is a very special organization, and an absolutely special cultural phenomenon, which, in fact, can still exist only in Sicily (and now it exists because the Italian government pays it either a ransom or assistance), and the rest of Italians in general it is not averse if the mafia took root in their city or region. Unfortunately for them, the name, not the mafia, has largely left the coast of Sicily. It's hard to be a real Sicilian don)
    The rest are simple bandits. The Italian bandits acquired a certain specialness because they began to move to the United States, and so all these gangs are a common consequence of the victory of capitalism over feudalism. Under feudalism, the appearance of gangsters was common, but they never feasted for a long time.
    The peasant went to the lord, the lord singled out the vigilantes, called the forester or representatives of the city workshop, and the next gang received a rope or an ax.
    When urban capitalism emerged and grew stronger, having driven the feudal lords first from the cities, and then pushed them out on the ground, then "mafia-type organizations" appeared. The essence of capitalism is the constant robbery of a person who has no one to protect. The capitalists drove out the feudal lords who defended their people, and bought power so that they would not be prevented from plundering, but helped against it. An ordinary person was left defenseless. Those to whom such orders fell especially across their throats, and made up criminal organizations as centers of independent power. These organizations are no better than the capitalists, of course, they just staked on violence, and not on merging with power and deception, that's the whole difference.
    The Italians painted the "mafia" in the United States because they were aliens. And the locals pinched them in every possible way, not allowing them to the local pie. In the USA, the local capitalists differed so little from the self-styled Dons, so they flattened the "Italians" in every way. Since there was no other way, the Italian bandits relied on orderliness, cruelty and funny rituals, which in the Masonic country, which is the United States, made an impression. Gradually, the guys joined the ranks of the robbers, took their place ...
  14. ratcatcher
    ratcatcher 22 March 2021 04: 06
    Great article cycle! Thank!