The dachas of the hilly Odintsovo region near Moscow are popular retreats for many people who want to escape the hectic life of the city. But when one big, black limousine after another drove through the snowy countryside in December 1991, they were not carrying the ordinary visitors who come here for a quiet weekend. Thirty of Russia’s most powerful men had been summoned to an important skhodka, or meeting of underworld figures. They represented gangs from Moscow, St Petersburg (as Leningrad was once again known), Kiev and Odessa. Some had come from as far away as Georgia and Armenia in the Caucasus, and from Vladivostok in the Far East.
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