Military Corruption and Organized Crime in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus


  • 2Lt Stephen Chledowski Reserve Artillery Officer, Canadian Forces


Governments rely on their military for a basis of continued sovereignty and authority. This relationship however can become weakened when a military becomes corrupt and is influenced by organized crime. Clan-based, criminal family groups have now morphed into trans-national criminal organizations. In addition, the rise in prominence and influence of Muslim terrorist groups has changed the nature of organized crime. Military boarder guards in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus often succumb to the irresistible temptation of bribes from drug traffickers because of low wages and deplorable conditions. Ill-treatment and human rights abuses of these conscript soldiers by older recruits or their officers are also a continuing problem. Most governments do not have the resources, or manpower necessary to combat these abuses or the influence of criminal organizations. There is a need to create better accountability and transparency within the military, also more innovation and funds are necessary to keep pace with, and curb the rising dominance of criminal organizations.

Author Biography

2Lt Stephen Chledowski, Reserve Artillery Officer, Canadian Forces

2Lt Stephen Chledowski joined the Canadian Forces as a Reserve Artillery Officer in January 2001 during his 1st year of University. After the completion of his Troop Commander course, he was accepted into the Regular Force under the terms of the Regular Officer Training Plan (ROTP) in August 2003. After the Completion of a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science; obtaining 1st Class Honours, 2Lt Chledowski was posted to 4th Air Defence Regiment Detachment Gagetown. 2Lt Chledowski is married and lives with his wife Beata in Fredericton New Brunswick.