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The ambush in which was killed the boss Giuseppe Dainotti turn the clock back in time. To the second war of mafia, unleashed by the Corleonesi of Totò Riina and Bernardo Provenzano in 1981 and ended with the annihilation of the old guard. Today like before, Palermo woke up between flashing lights and sirens, white linens and spots of blood and someone already wonders whether this murder is not the casus belli of a new season of massacres.

At the moment, there is only the certainty that the mafia has not yet been defeated. It moves in a more prudent way, prefers silence to noise, from the street it is rising to the palaces, it is now almost invisible and perhaps this is even more dangerous. And, over the years, organizations that are equally fearsome, often the result of migratory phenomena, joined the field allowing crime to overcome the traditional tripartition Camorra-Cosa Nostra-Ndrangheta. A phenomenon which, unitarily considered, was baptized with the name of “Pentacamorra“, to which ANSA recently dedicated a deep analysis.

The Voodoo bosses

Among the new clans, a prominent place has been taken by the “Nigerian cultists“. They specialize in drug dealing, in racketeering and in the exploitation of the prostitution: only for this last activity the turnover calculated is almost two billion euro, reinvested in the purchase of weapons and drugs. In Ballarò (historic district of Palermo) one of their groups, the “Black Axe“, is the armed wing of Cosa Nostra in Palermo: their actions are always accompanied by axes and bottles and only a few months ago a police operation managed to decimate the organization. In order to be accepted in the ranks, the bosses operate on the future affiliate a real Voodoo ritual. They have a pyramidal organization protected by a network of silence reinforced by esoteric suggestions and threats of retaliation: at the top, there are the “Lords” that represent the national summits, divided in the “Council of the Elders” and in the “Operational directors“. The “butchers“, are instead the people engaged in “matches“: raids characterized by drubbing, machetes and tortures. The management of the prostitutes, more than ten thousand in Italy, and of the “boys” is entrusted to women.


The Latin American gangs are strong especially in Northern Italy, in particular in Milan and in Liguria. For some years, the pandillas – the individual groups within the organization, formed by dozens of people – engage in robberies and in drug dealing. The money earned are managed by the bosses. And the affiliation is open also to non-latinos: at the supermarket of the degradation is easy to enlist also Filipinos, Moroccans and Italians. One joins the group with a competition of resistance to kicks dealt by other members of the group for a few minutes and then has to swear faith to the new gang and hatred to rivals. The showdowns usually occur outdoors, in the underground or in the rail track. If one escapes the punishment, a member of the family risks with rape and violence. If at first, they seemed to be only teenagers’ gangs attracted by crime in the style of the New Yorkers’ slums, now the gang leaders come in contact with higher level criminals.

Fist of Fury

Among the mafias of foreign origin, the Chinese one is perhaps the most ancient. In recent years, it has also won the market of certain types of drugs (as methamphetamine) also sold at 300 euro per gram. The most profitable deal remains, however, gambling managed by asian gambling houses, often divided into rooms that divide Chinese and Italians customers. And then there is trade, prostitution and racketeering: some months ago, the fires which devastated a series of Chinese shops in Massa Carrara have turned on the hypotheses on the possible infiltration of eastern mafia in the Apuan territory, but also in Lombardy and Lazio in addition to Tuscany.

From thieves to bosses

Very dangerous, and mainly active in Lazio and Puglia, is the Georgian Organizacija. It is composed mostly by ex-prisoners of Russian prisons. The bosses are the “thieves in law” (vory v zakone) and from years they mainly deal with the ‘Ndrangheta. A large part of the spoils of thefts and robberies – carried out with rapid and effective techniques – converge in the investment fund of each clan. The second step it is then up to the component that is expert in finance, that recycles billions of euro abroad: it is a sort of a branch of the Russian mafia, which draws money through shipping companies or tourist agencies linked to Moscow, so much so that some of their investments implicated in the past also companies owned by the Russian tycoons. But the decisions always pertain only to the criminal council of the shodka.

Violent Foggia

The “Società Foggiana” is considered the most dangerous among the Italian mafia in ascent. Historically it was born from the ramifications in Puglia of the camorra, in particular the branch that in the eighties was headed by Raffaele Cutolo and its fearsome Nco (New Camorra Organised). It has now consolidated its presence in Foggia and has its headquarters in the province, in Cerignola and in San Severo, up to expand absorbing even the so-called mafia del Gargano. The criminal core is composed by a few hundred people, but continues to make proselytes among young people. It is one of scariest criminal organization with already more than a hundred murders perpetrated. In addition to drug dealing and extortion, the new commercial frontiers are those of the construction and wine industry, as documented by some operations in recent years. Their aggressiveness discouraged any possible advance on the territory of the Sacra Corona Unita, now relegated to the area of Salento.

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