Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
I may not be precise about English usage, but in Hungarian (as well as German, and Slovakian from what I saw), "mafioso" is today used as a general term for someone involved in organised crime. (Also as in: "Ukrainian mafia", "Kosovarian mafia", "beggar mafia".)

I'm not aware of the presence of Italian criminal organisations in the region, but I'm certain that the locally dominant organisations had connections. In fact, one you may be aware of: Semion Mogilevic. He was (is?) a godfather of the Ukrainian mafia, and was mentioned in the Litvinenko case. For long years, he resided in Budapest, with authorities unable to find any evidence against him, but then got help from the FBI, so Mogilevic just left. (Already before the mess in Naples.)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Tue Oct 28th, 2008 at 02:00:18 PM EST
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