Evsei Agron

From Kazakhstan Encyclopedia

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Evsei Borisovich Agron (Template:Lang-rus; 25 January 1932 – 4 May 1985) was a thief in law (Vor v zakone) and boss of New York City's Russian Mafia during the 1970s and 1980s. Known for his cruelty, he was called the "Godfather" of the Russian American mafia.[1]

Born in Leningrad, Agron immigrated to the United States under the Jackson–Vanik amendment in 1975. He swiftly gained control of criminal operations among the Soviet Jews living in Brighton Beach. Agron organized a motor fuel racket which would earn millions, if not billions, through fuel tax fraud. This type of fraud, which involved selling tax-free home heating oil as diesel fuel, eventually cost the state of New Jersey alone an estimated $1 billion annually in lost tax revenues.[2]

However, as other mobsters closed in on the operation, a rival organization began expanding its own criminal operations under Boris Goldberg (who, in 1989, would be charged under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) for drug trafficking, armed robbery, extortion, arms dealing and attempted murder).[3]

Agron died after being shot twice in the head outside his Brooklyn apartment in May 1985, at age 53.[4] He was succeeded by Marat Balagula as leader of the Russian mob in the United States.[1]

Further reading

  • Robert I. Friedman, Red Mafia: How the Russian Mob Infiltrated America.
  • Sifakis, Carl. The Mafia Encyclopedia. New York: Da Capo Press, 2005. ISBN 0-8160-5694-3



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