The potential influence of Eastern European transnational crime on global commerce.
Conversation recorded between Agent Singh and Agent Hartigan:
[Hartigan] “I was looking into the changing business practices of
transnational criminal organisations. Over the years, they’ve been investing in
legitimate businesses to launder money, and their investments are starting to make
[Hartigan]“They have interests in mining, finance, even media, and they have a noticeable
influence on international trade.”
[Singh] “How much of an influence?”
[Hartigan]“More than many people realise, The world is a small place and changes to domestic policy can
have global effects, especially when it comes to trade. We spend most of our time and
effort analysing other governments but we ignore criminal interests. I mean, there
are huge criminal organisations that wield enormous economic power and we should
consider engaging them in—”
[Singh] “You said mining, finance, and media,” Singh said, cutting her off. “What about
[Hartigan]“Sure. They have investments in oil, gas and coal,” Hartigan said. “About
seventy percent of Russia’s oil exports fund organised crime.”
[Singh]“Where does the oil go?” Singh asked.
[Hartigan]“The relationship is precarious and has been for years.”
[Singh]“What do you mean?”
It's been hard to keep this going. I had the ASIO director calling me, asking me about potential terror suspects. It's scary how quickly this has all engulfed me - and now I'm waiting for it to spit me back out.