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Serbia: Turbo Folk Star “Ceca” Acquitted of Assault Charges
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US: Sinaloa Drug Lord Is Cooperating With Authorities
The US Attorney in Chicago said Thursday that Jesus Vicente “El Vicentillo” Zambada Niebla, a top member of the Sinaloa...
Montenegro: Šaranović and Koljenšić Arrested Again
On April 8, Slobodan Šaranović and his associate Ratko Koljenšić were arrested for murder for the second time in nine months.
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Unholy Alliances - How Organized Crime, Government And Business Interact In Montenegro

Montenegro has long desired to become a Balkan Monte Carlo. But instead it has become something unique in the Balkans -- a crime state where organized crime, government…

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Jail Crunch: Eastern European Prisons Visualized

Welcome to JailCrunch, an interactive investigative graphic from the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and its member organizations. JailCrunch visualizes prison data across Eastern Europe and…

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A Murderer's Trail

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Vitalie Proca shot an innocent man in Bucharest, Romania (foto:adevarul.ro)

By Mihai Munteanu, Luke Harding, Ion Preașcă, Iurie Sănduță, Cristi Ciupercă

In November of 2012, a Mercedes pulled up to a home not far from downtown Bucharest, the capital of Romania.  As the young driver got out of his car, a thin, blonde man in his early 30s emerged from the shadows and fired a dozen bullets from a Kalashnikov rifle into his chest and head.

In an eerily similar scene, six months earlier in London, the same blonde man fired six bullets from a Makarov semi-automatic pistol into a Moldovan-Russian banker as he exited a London taxi near his apartment.  As he left, he quietly dropped the gun.

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Slideshow: The Top 5 Deadliest Drugs

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The danger of IV drugs like heroin is well established, but in the age of "designer drugs," some of the greatest health risks come from some lesser-known substances. Based on academic studies, news reports, and interviews with experts, OCCRP created an unscientific ranking of the top 5 most deadly illicit drugs. Click through the slideshow to read about these substances in order of how lethal each is.

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Azerbaijan: Insider Deals Thrive in Ministry

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Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev is shown a new London Taxi by Baghlan Group chairman Hafiz Mammadov

By Nushabe Fatullayeva

Family members of Azerbaijan’s Transport Minister and a prominent Azerbaijan company that does business with the ministry have close ties, raising serious questions about conflict of interest in the ministry’s activities.

Minister Ziya Mammadov’s son, Anar, and the Minister’s brother, Elton, are business partners with the members of the family of the founder of the Baghlan Group, a prominent Azerbaijan company involved in major projects in transportation, construction, sports complexes and oil exploration.

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Croatia Shipped Arms to Jordan

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By Dan O’Huiginn

The Croatian Foreign Ministry denied this week an allegation in a New York Times story that it had shipped arms to Syria via Jordan.

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Ukraine: New Attempts to Criminalize Libel

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A masked man holds up a blank sheet of paper in front of the committees of the Verkhovna Rada on Oct. 1 in a successful protest to kill a law to criminalize libel.

By Vlad Lavrov, Kyiv Post

After public pressure killed an attempt in parliament to criminalize libel last October, many on both sides warned the battle was not over. Those forecasts appear to be coming true.

Renat Kuzmin, Ukraine’s first deputy prosecutor general, openly called for criminalization of libel as early as next year. If the parliament dominated by the pro-presidential Party of the Regions agrees with Kuzmin and passes such a law,

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Heroin Shortages Drive Deadly Alternatives

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Synringes used to inject desomorphine, found in a Russian drug den. Photo courtesy of the Federal Narcotics Service of Russia.

By Eliza Ronalds-Hannon

When European heroin use dipped in the early 2000s, politicians and analysts hailed the news as evidence of their success. New law enforcement initiatives, aided by bad growing weather in Afghanistan, had reduced the supply of heroin to Europe, thus limiting its use.

Unfortunately, that achievement had a serious down side:  the heroin  drought sparked an increase in the use of synthetic opiates – and those alternatives sometimes have more dangerous  side effects and sky-high overdose rates.

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DIY: The New Amphetamine Trade

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Powder is one form that amphetamine takes; it can also be ingested as a pill. Source: EMCDDA drug profile - amphetamine Photo credits: SINTES, OFDT

By Mujtaba Ali

Last summer, when UK police raided an industrial building in the picturesque market town of Newton-le-Willows, about 20 miles east of Liverpool, they found something they had never seen before. Police already knew that the five members of a transnational organized crime group they had been monitoring planned to produce amphetamines. But in the first case of its kind in the UK, the group, which included two Chinese chemists, was planning on producing the drug from scratch.

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Azeri Statue Tour Comes to Montenegro

AliyevDjukanovicMontenegrin PM Milo Đukanović met with Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev during his official visit to Montenegro. (Gov. of Montenegro)

By Eliza Ronalds-Hannon

Azerbaijan continued its tour of stone-carved diplomacy this week with an announcement it will fund and build a statue in Montenegro of Javid Huseyn, an Azeri poet who was killed during Stalin’s purges. 

The statue will sit in King’s Park, which the Azeri government is also paying to rebuild along with the street on which it sits. The Montenegrin government declined to give specifics regarding the cost of the project, but said it would be a multi-million dollar endeavor.

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