The connection between the FSB and organized crime: Swiss Intelligence’s analytical report (English translation)

See a copy of the original document in German here.

Service for Analysis and Prevention

The Swiss Federal Office of Police

Strategic Analysis Report

[Confidential]

Organised Crime and the Special Services of the Commonwealth of Independent States

June 2007

Contents

  • Key points
  • Organised Crime and the Special Services of Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS):
  1. The historical relations between security services and criminal structures
  2. Criminal groups today
  3. Special services today: the FSB-isation of the country?
  4. The relations between organised crime groups and the security services
  5. The situation in Switzerland
  6. Counter-measures

Key points

The Federal Law on Internal Security Protection Measures (BWIS) mandates the Service for Analysis and Prevention (DAP) to develop measures to promptly discern and prevent the threats of illicit operations by foreign intelligence agencies (Item 3 of Article 2).

Over the past few years, DAP has been receiving a growing number of indications that members of organised crime groups from CIS countries maintain liaisons with the intelligence services of their countries. German Intelligence even mentions a “symbiosis” between organised crime and secret services.

Since Vladimir Putin’s entry to power, the Russian security services, especially the Federal Security Service (FSB), have been significantly reinforced.

Considering Russia’s economic growth and the expansion of the country’s influence in the sphere of energy, it is necessary to examine the role of security services and organised crime within that sphere. It must also be established whether they still preserve their connections, how those connections are made, and how they function in the Swiss territory….

FSB and OC Swiss intel report