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Son reduces mom’s jail time by contributing to loyalty fund

Despite trying to defect from North Korea three times, a woman was spared a harsher sentence because her son, a man from Anju in...

MPS officers extract bribes to fund their day of honor

Ministry of People’s Security (MPS) officers have doubled down on efforts to extract bribes from ordinary North Koreans as the “Day of Security” (Nov....

Young woman sentenced to correctional facility for sex work

An 18-year-old involved in sex work in Pyongsong, South Pyongan Province, was sentenced to time in a correctional facility in early October, Daily NK...

Elite N. Korean military construction unit probed for corruption

Soldiers part of an elite military construction unit recently came under investigation for performing interior renovations at private homes for profit, Daily NK learned...

North Korea sentences female drug boss to life in prison

The female leader of a drug smuggling ring and four of her subordinates were recently sentenced to harsh prison time as part of the...

Equality gap persists in North Korean recreational facilities

Recreational facilities for officials at powerful institutions are better supplied than similar facilities for ordinary North Koreans, demonstrating that high-ranking party officials continue to...

[Defector Interview] Why are bribes in Pyongyang so expensive?

North Koreans are typically forced to pay bribes to get themselves out of trouble when caught watching foreign movies and dramas. For example, Daily...

Pyongyang car wash station turns to prostitution for cash

North Korean law enforcement recently probed a car wash and disinfection station near Pyongyang after allegations surfaced that it was running a prostitution ring,...

Central committee official dismissed for illicit affair

An official from the Workers’ Party of Korea’s Central Committee dispatched to a farm in Ryanggang Province has apparently been dismissed from his position...

Daily NK Snapshots from North Korea

North Korea's thermal power plant renovations treat symptoms, not root cause of chronic power outages (Mun Dong Hui) Officials in North Korea recently commenced large-scale...

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