Joe Serio

Vodka, Hookers, and the Russian Mafia

“An intriguing, riveting, and at times scary look inside Russia” 

In the mid-eighties, Joe Serio, a young and naïve American, traveled to the Soviet Union. His ten-year adventure there would lead him to the KGB, the Russian mafia, and a cast of characters spawned by a rich and beautiful country seemingly at war with itself. Along the way, he came face to face with evil incarnate, criminals with no regard for human life. 

Travel with him as he tracks down the always elusive truth while uncovering a
global criminal network that would soon rock the
corridors of power in Washington, D.C.

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About the Author

In his previous life, Joe Serio was the only American to work in the Organized Crime Control Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MVD), USSR. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Investigating the Russian Mafia.

Joe is currently a speaker and trainer serving the government sector, focusing on criminal justice agencies. 

Through his leadership and wellness training company, The 360° Dispatcher (, he trains call takers, dispatchers, and supervisors across the United States. He has logged more than 100 hours at communication centers, monitoring calls and learning the realities of the job. Joe hosts a week-long leadership program for telecommunicators at a ranch in Texas, and is the founder of the six-month 9-1-1 Supervisor Leadership Academy.

As president of Government Leadership Training (, Joe trains government employees on leadership and wellness topics. He has delivered more than 700 conference keynotes, workshops, and academy classes to police, fire, corrections, courts, and other municipal and county government personnel.

Joe works with former Italian mob soldier and enforcer, Phillip Anthony Sainz-Hall, delivering workshops for law enforcement on the criminal mind and practical measures to counter efforts of gangs and organized crime.

Joe holds a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice with a focus on Leadership and Organizational Behavior. 

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