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The fear of never amounting to anything” drove Dragomir “Gago” Mrsic to carry out the biggest bank robbery in Swedish history. That same drive made him perfect for his role as Mrado in Easy Money. Now, Tom Cruise and Bourne-director Doug Liman have taken him under their wings. (SWE) Long-form cover story, 2013.

Read English translation here: Bank robber, gone movie star

 

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An up close and personal interview with Simon Klose, the creator of the documentary TPB-AFK (The Pirate Bay–Away From Keyboard) Cover story, 2011.

 

 

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Kathi Lynn Austin, weapons trafficking investigator (if you commit profiteer from war–you do not want to run into this woman), do-gooder and writer. (SWE) Cover story, 2012.

 

 

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The lipstick red Dodge Charger stops at the corner of 116th Street and 8 Avenue in Harlem, and a group of black youngsters throw us a nonchalant glance. When the passenger window rolls down, they do a doubletake. The glances turn into stares. Is that…? Is it really…? No. Yes. Is it Frank Lucas? They whisper and start moving toward the car, slowly, like curious cats. The cell phones come out and they start filming and calling. “Frank Lucas?” says a dude, maybe 17 or 18 years old, wearing shorts and shower slippers. “All day and all night!” Frank Lucas thunders, his voice is hoarse, and flashes off a huge smile, while blowing out smoke of his cigarette that I just lit for him. You can tell how much he loves the attention. “How much can one make at this street corner these days?” (2010, SWE)

 

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Even before the trial starts, things are dramatic. Beefy cops with Kevlar vests are posted around the federal courthouse, and the world press is (literally) fighting for a seat. In front of the court, located in a high rise next to the Brooklyn Bridge, is a wall of TV-cameras. Many are Russian, but also CNN, BBC, Japanese and Columbian networks are there. It takes several hours to get in, and getting cleared through security. Everyone wants to know how the American Drug Enforcement Agency managed to catch one of the world’s most wanted people—Viktor Bout. An infamous weapons trafficker, a man whose story is so spectacular that even Hollywood has made buck off it. Lord of War, 2005, with Nicholas Cage in the lead, is partially based on Bout’s life…and crimes. (2011, SWE)

 

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”What’s bangin Blood?” Dashaun ”Jiwe” Morris, 29, steps out of the car and onto a street in Newark, New Jersey, and meets his homies with long, intricate handshakes. The mood is relaxed. Greetings flow. Knuckles meet. Fingers splay in near impossible ways, shaping P:s and other messages in a language I don’t understand. (2011, SWE)

 

 

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“Stallion” I stand infront of a snack machine with ten one-dollar bills, all that I am allowed to bring into the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan. Kept in this federal jail,  are some of the world’s worst criminals: Al-Qaeda terrorists, hitmen, narcos of various cartels, members of  Italian- and Russian mafias, money launderers and other transnational white-collar criminals. And, 44-year-old, Paul Mardirossian, a former proprietor of clubs and restaurants Swedish celebrities used to frequent. (2016, SWE)

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