Krysha

Krysha

A Russian word meaning roof. It became a common term for protection money in Russia following the collapse of the Soviet Union.
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Travel writer Krysha shares advice on how to pass through Transportation Security Administration airport checkpoints quickly and hassle-free.
Ivchenko "purchased" KUN as the krysha (political roof) for his corrupt gas business interests that enabled him to be appointed by President Viktor Yushchenko as the chairman of the state Naftohaz Ukrainy gas company, (29) an appointment that ended in scandal.
Parties, which used to serve as social mobility channels for regional officials and business representatives seeking access to government resources or bureaucratic support (krysha), can no longer play that role.
Last month Gareth, with a lot of help from Mark McCarthy and Krysha Greenwood, held a charity rugby match between Greetland All-Rounders and Elland Exiles, raising PS1,072 which helped surpass the PS4,000 target.
Embassy cable released by Wikileaks describes Moscow's kleptocracy of bribery and extortion: "The Moscow city government's direct links to criminality have led some to call it 'dysfunctional,' and to assert that the government operates more as a kleptocracy than a government...Criminal elements enjoy a krysha (a term from the criminal/mafia world literally meaning 'roof' or protection) that runs through the police, the Federal Security Service (FSB), Ministry of Internal Affairs (MVD), and the prosecutor's office, as well as throughout the Moscow city government bureaucracy."(1) Lynch estimates that bureaucrats running the energy system have looted 50% of oil/gas revenue.
Mr Berezovsky agreed to provide the so-called 'krysha' in return for payments towards his substantial 'expenses'.
To achieve this in the chaotic 1990s Russia, he required the help of a politically connected person and, as a potentially successful businessman, protection from criminal gangs, an arrangement known in Russian as "krysha" or "roof," he wrote.
However, I was concerned about what might happen if we lost the krysha (protection).
Known in Russian as krysha, or a "roof," the term in its present meaning did not exist in the USSR for the simple reason that there was no need for non-state (private) protection at that time in the country.
(28) Avtonomov supra note 15, at 8 (stating that this creates the system of krysha, the roof, or protection).
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