A volunteer distributes basic necessities to people during a lockdown in Milan, Italy. Photo: DPA A volunteer distributes basic necessities to people during a lockdown in Milan, Italy. Photo: DPA
A volunteer distributes basic necessities to people during a lockdown in Milan, Italy. Photo: DPA

Coronavirus: mafia buys food for Italy’s poor to expand influence amid pandemic

  • Criminal organisations in the country are ordering interest-free lending to the needy to exert more control, expert warns
  • They are also poised to snatch up struggling businesses as virus-hit Italy awaits European funding to boost its battered economy

Topic |   Coronavirus pandemic
A volunteer distributes basic necessities to people during a lockdown in Milan, Italy. Photo: DPA A volunteer distributes basic necessities to people during a lockdown in Milan, Italy. Photo: DPA
A volunteer distributes basic necessities to people during a lockdown in Milan, Italy. Photo: DPA
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