Moscow law enforcement agencies plan to study organized crime and determine if it is a result of Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev's new economic reforms or a hangover from the Brezhnev years, Moscow News said Wednesday.

The newspaper said racketeering, including drug peddling and prostitution, was gaining ground in the capital, with little being done by law enforcement agencies and the courts to stem the tide.Lev Baranov, Moscow's public prosecutor, told Moscow News that a special organized crime unit should be set up to combat elements of what even Muscovites now call the mafia, a new word in the Soviet lexicon.