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 


[Singh]“Keep going.” 

 [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]“Mostly Europe.” 


 [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.