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    Tracking Down Serbia’s Danube River Pirates (2016)

    VICE Serbia explores how pirates, mostly through deals made with international boat crews, illegally load off oil, ores or fertilizers that they later sell on black market. Such activities are often followed with great risks and violence between rival gangs is quite common. The Danube flow through Serbia is 600 kilometers long and a […]

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    Vory V Zakone – Thieves By Law – Ganavim Ba Hok (2010)

    The mysterious Russian Mob is possibly more infamous and feared than the Italian Mafia or the Japanese Yakuza. We were first enlightened to some of the traditions of this most nefarious organization in David Cronenberg’s Eastern Promises. Now, Russian-Israeli filmmaker Alexander Gentelev offers us some intimate firsthand accounts of these “Thieves By Law,” an […]

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    Walking Heavy (2016)

    Jason Coghlan is of one of Britain’s most notorious reformed criminals who was jailed for armed robbery before finding an even more lucrative pastime: studying law and founding a legal firm in Marbella, Spain. In our documentary Walking Heavy, VICE gained intimate access to Jason’s life over two years, witnessing the rise of his […]

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    Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger (2014)

    WHITEY: United States of America v. James J. Bulger captures the sensational trial of infamous gangster James ‘Whitey’ Bulger, using the legal proceedings as a springboard to explore allegations of corruption within the highest levels of law enforcement. Embedded for months with Federal Prosecutors, retired FBI and State Police, victims, lawyers, gangsters and journalists, […]

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    Yakuza, Organized Crime, and the Japanese Right Wing (2015)

    “Uyoku dantai” are Japanese nationalist right-wing groups of which there are over 1,000 in Japan with about 100,000 members in total. Well known for their black propaganda vans, they are often seen driving around staging protests with their loudspeakers outside the Chinese, Korean, and Russian embassies demanding ownership of the Senkaku and Kuril Islands […]