The movie takes place in 2037, twenty years after a long war between Russia and Japan, as the former attempts to achieve hegemony over the latter. While in recent times these two nations have been allies in many conflicts, in the present they are facing intense competition for limited resources in the region, which has resulted in heightened tensions. Hence, increasing tensions have resulted in widespread corruption. This situation further brings about an increase in illegal immigration and poaching of wildlife.
Between the late nineties and the early noughties the level of criminal acts committed by criminals in Russia increased as a result of the escalation of lawlessness in the country. In 2020 the level of violence in Russia has gone up to an all time high. The city of St Petersburg is one of the most heavily affected cities.
Many, including myself, had predicted that the level of crime would increase as a result of the increasing levels of criminal acts, and that it would be aggravated further with the economic crisis that had been prevalent in the country for the last few years. However, I was wrong. All these crimes that have increased were by and large already at an increased level, and there had been no evidence of any surge.
The police have been very slow to react to this escalating crime wave. As a result of these two factors, many criminals, both new and old have been able to take advantage of the situation, and as a result, the more they have been allowed to increase the level of violence in the country. This has been increasing since the year 2020, and the situation is fast deteriorating.
The increase in the level of crime in the country is also largely due to the fact that there has been a decrease in the number of people going to work, while on the other hand, there has been an increase in the number of people who are trying to look for small scale jobs in order to supplement their income. These two factors have worsened the situation.
A large scale riot has recently broken out in the city of St Petersburg, causing an extensive loss of property and almost causing the complete collapse of the governmental economy. There is an intense shortage of food in many parts of the country, and as a result, farmers are refusing to plant in certain areas. These factors have also caused quite a lot of disruption to the human resources of the country.
Crime statistics in Russia over the last ten years indicate that the numbers of crimes committed by foreigners have increased tremendously. The fact that the crime rates in Russia are getting worse rather than better.
The film The Syndicate takes place in the same time period as the above, and is a similar story, albeit a very different one. It also follows a mafia set-up of similar power and corruption.