Giuseppe Genco Russo
Italian Mafia boss
Giuseppe Genco Russo
Giuseppe Genco Russo was an Italian mafioso, the boss of Mussomeli in the Province of Caltanissetta, Sicily. Genco Russo, also known as "Zi Peppi Jencu", was an uncouth, sly, semi-literate thug with excellent political connections. A vulgar man – he used to spit on the floor no matter who was present – he was often photographed with bishops, bankers, civil servants and politicians.
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Festa regionale dei Giovani democratici, a Fisciano gli Almamegretta - ilCiriaco.it
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Tra gli altri interverranno: Enrico Letta, vicesegretario Pd; Enrico Rossi, presidente della Regione Toscana; Annamaria Parente e Matteo Orfini, segreteria nazionale Pd; Andrea Cozzolino, europarlamentare Pd; Giuseppe Russo, capogruppo Pd Regione
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Uusi Nokia 600-puhelin on tässä - Tietoviikko
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Giuseppe Russo johti Nokian 600-puhelimen suunnitellutta tiimiä. Russon mukaan puhelin on suunniteltu erityisesti nuoria musiikinystäviä varten, ja kutsuu puhelinta Nokia 5800-XpressMusic ja Nokia X6-puhelinten kehittyneemmäksi versioksi
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Neri Pozza cambia editor. L'intervista a Giuseppe Russo, che anticipa la nuova ... - Libero News
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Mattia Carratello e Marcella Marini sono appena passati a Sellerio (ma, precisa ad Affaritaliani.it Giuseppe Russo - dal 2000 direttore editoriale di Neri Pozza -, "Carratello non collaborava più con noi già da fine 2010"). E alla Neri Pozza è arrivata
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Scopriamo Nokia 600: intervista al designer Giuseppe Russo - PianetaCellulare.it
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Giuseppe Russo, Design Specialist dell'Industrial Design Team, ha parlato anche in modo più generale del lavoro di designer, che consiste in un "mix di compiti. Progettare dispositivi unisce molti aspetti, come la conoscenza dei gusti degli utenti,
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Dopo Russo, dal Bisceglie arriva anche Amoruso - Divisione Calcio a 5
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L'Asd Olimpiadi non si ferma e dopo l'acquisto di Giuseppe Russo ufficializza un altro colpo di mercato per la stagione 2011/2012 ormai alle porte. Si tratta Antonio Amoruso, biscegliese doc proveniente dal Bisceglie Calcio a 5 con la formula del
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Mafia, si commemorano Costa e il colonnello Russo - SiciliaInformazioni.com
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... Real Casina di Caccia del re borbonico Ferdinando IV, avra' luogo la deposizione di una corona d'alloro sulla stele commemorativa dell'uccisione del tenente colonnello Giuseppe Russo e del professor Filippo Costa, avvenuto il 20 agosto del 1977
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Estate: incidenti in mare, tre sub morti in immersione - ANSA.it
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Il primo, Giuseppe Russo, 31 anni, e' morto nelle acque antistanti Capo Taormina. Il corpo del giovane e' stato notato da un bagnante che ha chiamato la Capitaneria di Porto. Secondo una prima ipotesi del medico legale Russo sarebbe deceduto durante
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Castelsandra Castellabate indagato ex sindaco Maurano con due assessori - Positanonews
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Questo il reato contestato all'ex sindaco di Castellabate Costabile Maurano, e agli ex assessori ai lavori pubblici Marco Di Biasi e Giuseppe Russo. Nell'inchiesta figura anche un ex assessore deceduto lo scorso anno. • Nei loro confronti è stato
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Nomine alle Asl, è rissa alla Napoli 1 va Scoppa - La Repubblica
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si chiedono provocatoriamente Giuseppe Russo e Enzo Amendola, capogruppo e segretario del Pd campano, «La partita delle nomine, Caldoro l'ha ormai persa, cedendo quote di sovranità, e quindi di decisione, ai maggiori azionisti della sua maggioranza»
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Quarto e ultimo “Dopocena” del Club Unesco di Agrigento - AgrigentoWeb.it
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Ha relazionato padre Giuseppe Russo, responsabile dei padri Redentoristi di Agrigento (meglio conosciuti come “Liguorini”), che ha presentato la storia della presenza dei padri “Liguorini” ad Agrigento, ha illustrato la storia della chiesa di
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DOVE ANDIAMO OGGI Mostre, animazione e lettura poetica - Il Resto del Carlino
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Alle 18.30 nella ex scuola Diaz a Porto Recanati, Giuseppe Russo, dell'associazione 'Più voci…nel coro', taglierà il nastro della mostra con le opere del concorso dedicato a Velia Simoncini. Saranno esposte diverse opere della pittrice e alcuni quadri
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Famiglia: giovedi' a Fiuggi prima conferenza regionale del Lazio (2) - Libero-News.it
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... presidente dell'Osservatorio regionale sulle famiglie; Giuseppe Russo, Universita' degli Studi di Cassino e membro del Tavolo tecnico sul Quoziente Lazio; Maurizio Loreto Ottaviani, esperto di politiche sociali; Giovanna Sammarco, presidente Ordine
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Catania, ecco la mappa del degrado«Poca polizia, vandali incontrastati» - Corriere della Sera
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«In ciascuno degli spazi – dice all'Italpress Giuseppe Russo, consigliere della IV Circoscrizione – l'illuminazione pubblica è insufficiente e non esiste videosorveglianza. Condizioni ideali per i vandali che specie nelle ore notturne non trovano
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IrisBus - D'Amelio: chiediamo a Caldoro e Vetrella impegno concreto - ilCiriaco.it
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Flumeri - La consigliera regionale del Partito Democratico Rosa D'Amelio ha partecipato questa mattina con il capogruppo Giuseppe Russo alla riunione, in Consiglio Regionale, con le organizzazioni sindacali ei presidenti dei vari gruppi presenti in
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### Crisi: solo il 47% degli italiani riesce a risparmiare -2- - Archivio Radiocor
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"Dieci anni fa le risposte avrebbero dato numeri senz'altro piu' elevati", ha commentato Giuseppe Russo, che ha curato il rapporto. Solo il 12,6% degli intervistati dichiara di avere un fondo pensione e si scende al 2% tra i 20enni e al 14% tra i
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Giuseppe Genco Russo
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1976
    Age 83
    Giuseppe Genco Russo died peacefully at the age of 83 in March 1976 from a pulmonary emphysema.
    More Details Hide Details Half blind from cataracts and broken in health, he had spent the last four years living quietly in his son’s home. At the time of his death, he possessed 147,000 hectares of land in several holdings around Casteltermini, Caltanissetta and Canicattì through front men and family members. The final testament of Giuseppe Genco Russo was written by the Antimafia Commission in its final report: "Genco Russo was really a typical example of a Sicilian mafia boss a typical example of someone who particularly is able to assume and exercise to the community the function of commander, protector, mediator and adviser."
  • 1972
    Age 79
    In 1972 he returned to Mussomeli from his banishment.
    More Details Hide Details The journalist Giampaolo Pansa visited the old boss that year and described the decline in an article entitled The sunset of the mafia (in Italian: Il tramonto del mafioso) in which he depicted the old boss in rather squalid and degenerating circumstances after the death of his wife Rosalia. He did not answer the many questions and denied the existence of the Mafia: "Mafia? Mafia in Sicily? Out of the question! I have no knowledge, I do not know what to tell you."
  • 1957
    Age 64
    Genco Russo probably only was present at the Grand Hotel des Palmes Mafia meeting in 1957 because one of his relatives from the US, Santo Sorge, was there as well.
    More Details Hide Details Genco Russo apparently irritated other Mafia bosses because he was too much in the media spotlight. "Did you see Gina Lollobrigida in the newspaper today," a mafioso once said, referring to the notoriously ugly appearance of Genco Russo. The new generation of mafiosi did not share the style of openly exercised power. Instead they preferred to operate clandestinely and detested publicity.
    Genco Russo was present at a series of meetings between top American and Sicilian mafiosi that took place in Palermo between October 12–16, 1957, in Hotel Delle Palme in Palermo.
    More Details Hide Details Joseph Bonanno, Lucky Luciano and Carmine Galante were among the American mafiosi present, while among the Sicilian side there were – apart from Genco Russo – Salvatore "Ciaschiteddu" Greco, his cousin Salvatore Greco, also known as "l'ingegnere" or "Totò il lungo", Angelo La Barbera, Gaetano Badalamenti and Tommaso Buscetta. One of the outcomes of this meeting was that the Sicilian Mafia composed its first Sicilian Mafia Commission and appointed "Ciaschiteddu" Greco as it’s "primus interpares". In the aftermath of the First Mafia War in 1962-63 and the Ciaculli Massacre that prompted the first concerted Antimafia efforts by the state in post-war Italy, Genco Russo was among the many mafiosi arrested (on February 6, 1964, when he turned himself in). He was often seen with DC deputy for Sicily, Calogero Volpe, and the future Minister of Public Works, Antonino Gullotti, was photographed hand in hand with Genco Russo at the time when he was secretary for the DC in Sicily. All of which was duly recorded by the Antimafia Commission.
  • 1954
    Age 61
    Giuseppe Genco Russo was considered to be the heir of Calogero Vizzini when Don Calò died in 1954.
    More Details Hide Details Genco Russo had been at the right-hand side of Don Calò's bier: the ancient sign that the heir-apparent was taking the place of the deceased. In the media both mafiosi were often depicted as the "boss of bosses" – although such a position does not exist in the loose structure of the Mafia. According to the pentito Antonio Calderone Genco Russo never had been the boss of Cosa Nostra of Sicily. The notoriety of Genco Russo was not looked upon well by other mafiosi. Like Vizzini, he exposed himself too much, giving interviews and getting photographed.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1950
    Age 57
    In 1950 when Genco Russo's oldest son married, Don Calò Vizzini was a witness at the ceremony, just as the Christian Democrat president of the Sicilian Regional Assembly, Rosario Lanza.
    More Details Hide Details He became a local Christian-democrat leader and town councillor in the 1960. In 1962 he was forced to step down after he was denounced in the press. Genco Russo's once described his role in the community to the social activist Danilo Dolci. It provides an illustration of the self-image of the mafioso in the second, "legitimate" stage of his career - the mafioso as a public benefactor rather than as a dangerous criminal: "It's in my nature. I have no ulterior motives. If I can do a man a favour, no matter who he is, I will; because that's how I'm made... I can't say 'no' to anyone. The trouble I'm put to is not so great that I have to refuse people in need... Very often warm-heartedness will win a man gratitude and friendship, and then the time comes to ask for one thing or another in... Folks come and ask how they should vote because they feel the need for advice. They want to show that they are grateful to those who have worked for their good; they want to thank them for what they've done by voting for them; but they are ignorant, and want to be told how to do it."
  • 1948
    Age 55
    During the crucial 1948 elections that would decide on Italy’s post-war future, Genco Russo and Calogero Vizzini sat at the same table with leading DC politicians, attending an electoral lunch.
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  • 1944
    Age 51
    In 1944 the court granted Genco Russo a decree of rehabilitation for his one conviction, thereby allowing him "to recreate a moral and social virginity, acquiring a respectability which will permit him to undertake even political activity."
    More Details Hide Details From this time on, Genco Russo was to face no more criminal charges. Police files described him as a "man of order". Once established, the mafioso Genco Russo changed his original behaviour as "man of honour", to become a "man of order", inserting himself in public life and looking for a political position. His integration into the official power elite proceeded rapidly. After World War II, Genco Russo managed to control two large estates, one being the Polizzello estate where he once herded the goats. The princes of Lanza Branciforti di Trabia, made him gabelotto (bailiff) of the domain that measured 2,000 hectares or 20 km². Both Genco Russo and Calogero Vizzini organized peasant cooperatives during both post-war periods, through which they deflected the appeal of the left-wing parties, maintained their hold over the peasants, and guaranteed their own continued access to the land. When land reform was finally enacted in 1950, mafiosi were in a position to perform their traditional role of brokerage between the peasants, the landlords, and the state. They exploited the intense land hunger of the peasants, gained concessions from the landlords in return for limiting the impact of the reform, and made substantial profits from their mediation in land sales. In the 1940s, Genco Russo and his followers controlled the rural savings bank, Cassa Rurale in Mussomeli leaving access to the money market partly in the hands of the Mafia.
  • FORTIES
  • 1934
    Age 41
    He was sentenced to seven years in prison for criminal association – later diminished to three years – and submitted to special surveillance between 1934-1938.
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    Until 1934 Genco Russo officially held no significant land holdings.
    More Details Hide Details As caretaker and lease-holder (gabelotto or bailiff) he controlled part of an estate and was an associate in a cooperative that controlled another. As associate of a cooperative of ex-combatants he also had a share in the Polizzello estate. He ruled the cooperative through intimidation and threats, while at the same time he kept working as labourer on the fields. During Fascist rule, when the authorities embarked on a campaign against the Mafia, Genco Russo was arrested repeatedly on charges ranging from theft and extortion to membership in a criminal association, and 11 murders and several attempted murders, but with one exception, regularly acquitted on grounds of "insufficient evidence" (the mark of a successful mafioso showing his power to intimidate potential witnesses and enforce the law of silence – omertà). Nevertheless, in 1929 the fascist prefect Cesare Mori arrested him with 331 other mafiosi during a massive raid. In 1928 he had been acquitted for lack of evidence by the prosecution of four murders, robberies and extortion and a year before, in 1927, he had been acquitted of criminal conspiracy.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1929
    Age 36
    In 1929 he married with a local girl and four years later his first son Vincenzo was born. Best man at the baptism was fellow mafioso Calogero Vizzini who would also be the witness at the marriage of Vincenzo in 1950 together with Rosario Lanza, the president of the Sicilian regional assembly.
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  • 1927
    Age 34
    In a 1927 report by the police chief of Caltanissetta, he was described as “a mafioso that acquired a respectable financial position out of nothing” and on the countryside people feared him.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1918
    Age 25
    From 1918-1922 Genco Russo served in the military, leaving a record of "rebellious behaviour and impatience to discipline."
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1893
    Age 0
    Born on January 26, 1893.
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