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Stieg Larsson

Sells Trotskyist newspaper in barracks


Larsson completes his two years of military service in Umeå in 1975-76. He has no objection to being called up and does not consider himself a pacifist. However with Swedish Trotskyists active in his regiment, he becomes a supporter of the cause and is one of the members who covertly sells the Troskyist national service newspaper Röd Soldat (Red Soldier) in barracks − without being caught. He serves as a platoon commander in regiment I20 but is unhappy, as he wants to write.