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Montenegro: NGO Accuses a Dozen High-Level Officials of Corruption
Yesterday, MANS, a non-governmental organization (NGO) focused on fighting corruption and organized crime in Montenegro, asked...
Italy: 13 Mobsters Arrested for Dumping Industrial Waste
On April 11, military police from Apulia, Italy arrested 13 people for illegally dumping 12,000 tons of industrial waste. One...
Serbia: Turbo Folk Star “Ceca” Acquitted of Assault Charges
On Wednesday, Belgrade courts acquitted popular Serbian turbo folk singer Svetlana “Ceca” Ražnatović and her sister’s...
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.
Ukraine: The "Family" Business of a Mezhygirya Contractor
By Maksym Opanasenko (Bureau of journalistic investigations “Svidomo”)...
Arkan, Bojović Associate Murdered
Rade Rakonjac, Arkan's murdered former bodyguard  By Stevan Dojčinović ,...
How Kurchenko's offshores worked
By Anna Babinets People who used to know young billionaire-in-exile Serhiy...
The Silent Looting of Russia
Dmitry Klyuev (left) and Andrei Pavlov (right) at an OSCE meeting in Monaco, in...
Yanukovych’s Real Estate Empire, Part 2
Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and his family lived in luxury...
Hungarian Media Law Doomed
19 January 2011 By Tamás Bodoky The widely criticised new Hungarian...
Google is Not Your Friend
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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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Ukraine: The "Family" Business of a Mezhygirya Contractor

yanukovychleaks-bedBy Maksym Opanasenko (Bureau of journalistic investigations “Svidomo”)

Former President Viktor Yanukovych's opulent residence only had one major contractor: a development company called AVK, with an intriguing history.

Its ownership was disguised behind a proxy. The company’s purpose and operations were as murky as the waters of the lake where the firm's company files were unceremoniously dumped when Yanukovych fled Ukraine.

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Unholy Alliances - How Organized Crime, Government and Business Interact in Montenegro

unholy-alliances-2-3-midMontenegro 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 and business seamlessly work together in an Unholy Alliance.

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Jail Crunch: Eastern European Prisons Visualized

jailcrunchWelcome 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 compares inmate populations between 12 countries from the region. The site also features a section called “Interviews from the Inside,” short video interviews between OCCRP reporters and inmates from across Eastern Europe. Every few weeks, a new interview will appear on the site exploring the lives of convicted criminals, and how their particular crimes were executed.

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Arkan, Bojović Associate Murdered

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Rade Rakonjac, Arkan's murdered former bodyguard 

By Stevan Dojčinović , Bojana Jovanović

Rade Rakonjac, 52, the former bodyguard of Željko “Arkan” Ražnatović, was killed Wednesday at noon as he sat with two friends in a Belgrade cafe.

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How Kurchenko's offshores worked

kurchenkoBy Anna Babinets

People who used to know young billionaire-in-exile Serhiy Kurchenko say that if he ever started drawing his financial “chain” on a piece of paper, it would finish up on the ceiling.

Kurchenko’s chain is made up of hundreds of fake Ukrainian companies, dozens of offshore firms and more than 600 people who served at the beck and call of this young man who sprang from nowhere.

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The Silent Looting of Russia

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Dmitry Klyuev (left) and Andrei Pavlov (right) at an OSCE meeting in Monaco, in July 2012.

Russian whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky died exposing a massive tax fraud perpetrated by Russian tax officials, well connected businessmen and criminals.

It was far from the only such case, reporters from the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and Novaya Gazeta have learned.

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Yanukovych’s Real Estate Empire, Part 2

Voloshskyi1Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and his family lived in luxury owning a number of apartments and houses in prestigious parts of Kyiv.  The ex-president also knew the value of commercial real estate.

Along with associates, he managed to acquire two business centers, an early 20th century building in the city center, and a multi-level helipad.

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Montenegro: Court Bars Extradition In Murder Case

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Slobodan Šaranović

By: Bojana Jovanović, Stevan Dojčinović (CINS, OCCRP)

Slobodan Šaranović and Ratko Koljenšić, suspected of organizing the murder of Nikola Bojović, will not be extradited to Serbia because the murder was planned in Montenegro instead of Serbia.

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