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The Hardest-Working Drug Gang You’ve Never Heard of

The Hardest-Working Drug Gang You’ve Never Heard of

On a cold winter day in Gdansk, Zoran Jakšić scrambled to fix a problem not of his making. The second-in-command of Group America, a major international narcotics trafficking organization, was in Poland to prepare for a drug delivery. But at 12:42 p.m. on January 28, 2009, Jakšić received a troubling call from an associate called...

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Flesh of a Tiger

Flesh of a Tiger

It is relatively common for animals that rank high on the list of the world’s most protected species to change hands in Central Europe. Illegal wildlife trade has become one of the most profitable branches of organized crime. Where is the red line that divides the world of big cats’ enthusiasts and those involved in...

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Online Crooks: Catch Us If You Can

Online Crooks: Catch Us If You Can

Ladislav Vydra is a pensioner from Prague. After an eye surgery, his retina fell apart and he all but lost his eyesight. Doctors gave him no prospects for improvement. Andrzej, a man from Poland, has his hearing impaired but does not want to use hearing aid yet. Both of them trusted ads for miraculous products,...

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Lex Babiš. What is the Czech Prime Minister´s Interest in EU Subsidies

Lex Babiš. What is the Czech Prime Minister´s Interest in EU Subsidies

“She’s a little deranged. She doesn’t understand how subsidies work at all,” Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said of MEP Monika Hohlmeier following the European Parliament’s Budgetary Control Committee’s early March fact-finding mission to the Czech Republic. Led by Hohlmeier, the objective of the mission was to gain insights into the distribution of EU funds...