Vodka, Hookers and the Russia Mafia – Joe Serio

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Joe Serio doesn’t look like he was deeply involved with organized crime yet he was. But from the good end of it. The side of protecting against and understanding the deep tentacles between the Russian government and their mafia and how that relationship impacts everything about the Russian culture mindset and outreach into the rest of the world.

On this episode Joe discusses his latest book, Vodka, Hookers and the Russian Mafia: My Life in Moscow with raw honesty and a dizzying perspective shifting hour that left me rethinking everything I thought I knew about Russia and parts of my own country I now see with a different set of eyes.

This is not a political discussion, although it could be, this episode is about the questions we don’t ask, the questions we should ask and how one man went on a journey of discovery he never planned to take when he entered college back in the 1980s.

Joe Serio, Ph.D., was the only American to work in the Organized Crime Control Department of the Soviet national police. Later, he was director of the Moscow office of the world’s leading corporate investigation and business intelligence firm. He is currently a leadership and wellness trainer for 9-1-1 dispatchers, law enforcement, fire departments, and other public safety agencies.;

Autographed, personalized copies of Vodka, Hookers, and the Russian Mafia: My Life in Moscow can be purchased at Just in time for the holidays!


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