L.A. by Night
Turf: All over Seattle
Colors: Green and Gold
The Cutters managed to stage a comeback from nearly getting
wiped out as one of Seattle’s top gangs almost twenty years ago. Exactly
what happened isn’t clear, and the present-day members don’t like to
talk about it (plus most of them weren’t even members at the time).
The gang’s businesslike structure allowed them to rebuild and recruit
new members, some of whom worked to climb the ladder to positions
of leadership. The Cutters are primarily involved in smuggling, protection
rackets, and “freelance security work,” which usually means acting
as hired muscle.
The Seattle Cutters went through a turnover again recently when
the gang’s current leader, Ivan “the Terrible” Janovich came to power.
Ivan has the Cutters working closely with the Seattle Vory lately,
which is unusual since it’s pretty clear the Vory had the gang’s previous
leader, Yuri, killed. This suggests that Yuri wasn’t willing
to play ball, but Ivan is. It will be interesting to see how the other
chapters of the gang react to the Vory’s apparent attempt to co-opt
the chapter in Seattle.
> Not just Seattle. The Vory are also “working closely” with the Cutters in coastal
California, especially what’s left of the LA chapter. I’d say we’re seeing the start
of a takover/merger to gain the Vory a stronger foothold in North America they
can use to inﬁltrate Maﬁa strongholds on the East Coast.