Within Seattle's Shadows
The term Vory refers to Russian organized crime. In fact, the Russian mob calls itself “Vory v Zakone,” which translates to “thieves following a codex” or “thieves inside of law.”
Despite this, a lot of Europeans and Americans still call the Vory the “Russian Mafia”.
In Seattle the Vory are often considered the weakest of the major syndicates. One of the reasons is that unlike the Mafia and the Yakuza the Vory aren’t as prolific as drug distributers or brothel owners. Much of the Vory’s street crime is focused on the lower class in industrial and port areas. The Vory’s main strength is their oversea connections. Due to this they are the largest organized smuggling ring in Seattle, particularly weapons.
“Crazy” Ivan Denisovitch, Your Friendly Neighborhood Arms Dealer