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Italy: Citing Mafia Financial Troubles, Jailed Boss Says “Get A Real Job”
Italy’s economic crisis is hitting the Sicilian Mafia as well, say law enforcement officials in Palmero, Sicily.
Russia: CEO of ‘Russian Facebook’ Says He Was Ousted
Pavel Durov, the CEO of Russia’s most popular social media site Vkontake (VK), said on Monday that he was ousted by...
Mexico: Councilmen Describe Life of Fear Under Knights Templar
Councilmen from Michoacan have recounted life under a mayor who was in cahoots with Mexico's Knights Templar criminal...
Caribbean: Cocaine Trafficking Continues Rise Say US Officials
The proportion of drugs trafficked through the Caribbean has more than tripled in the space of five years, according to US...
India: Election Officials Seize Cash and Drugs Used To Buy Votes
Since March 5, Indian election officials have seized US$ 36 million, 2.7 million liters of alcohol, and 100 kilograms of heroin...
Former President Had Big Plans
By Kateryna Kapliuk, Would you like to stay in the Kyiv hotel of...
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...
Hungarian Media Law Doomed
19 January 2011 By Tamás Bodoky The widely criticised new Hungarian...
Google is Not Your Friend
  The internet is a powerful tool in the service of investigative...

Colombia: Army Official Accused of Selling Arms to Paramilitary Group

Wednesday, 05 March 2014 11:09
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Prosecutors in Colombia have issued a warrant for a high-ranking army official who stands accused of leading a ring that sold military weapons to narco-paramilitary group the Urabeños, highlighting a common source of weapons for armed groups across the region.


Ukraine: Free Press Under Assault

Tuesday, 04 March 2014 14:06
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On March 1, 30 masked gunmen in military fatigues broke into the Crimean Center for Investigative Journalism in Simferopol, the Crimean region’s capital, reports the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN).


Hong Kong: Former Hairstylist Convicted for Money Laundering

Tuesday, 04 March 2014 12:55
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Hairstylist-turned-businessman Carson Yeung, 54, was convicted on Monday after a 50-day trial and faces up to seven years in prison for laundering nearly US$100 million from casinos and gang members.


Russia: Leading Opposition Figure Under House Arrest, No Internet

Monday, 03 March 2014 15:34
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Aleksei A. Navalny, a blogger and politician who has been publicly critical of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was placed under house arrest last Friday with no access to Internet, phone or visitors for two months.


European Parliament Directive Cracks Down on Criminal Assets

Saturday, 01 March 2014 10:51
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The European Parliament has approved a directive that will make it easier for member states to freeze and confiscate criminal assets across the continent, reports a European Parliament press release

With 631 votes in favor, 19 against, and 25 abstentions, the series of rules passed as part of a wider EU strategy to combat organized crime. 


Slovenia: Journalist Accused of Leaking Intelligence Agency Secrets

Thursday, 27 February 2014 14:55
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The Slovenian Prosecutors’ office has indicted Anuška Delić, an OCCRP partner and journalist for the Slovenian newspaper Delo, for allegedly publishing classified secrets.


Turkey: Protests Erupt After Bombshell Audio Seems to Implicate PM in Graft

Wednesday, 26 February 2014 13:48
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Protests in Istanbul and Ankara erupted after audio recordings, allegedly of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan talking on the phone to his son, circulated on the Internet Monday. The two were discussing how to dispose of “tens of millions” of dollars in cash amid a graft probe.


USA: California State Senator Faces Corruption Charges

Tuesday, 25 February 2014 14:29
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Democratic state senator Ron Calderon, 56, has been indicted on two dozen charges of corruption including bribery, fraud, conspiracy and money laundering. He surrendered to the authorities on Monday and has pleaded innocent to all charges.


US: Disjointed Policy Leaves Sea Lanes Vulnerable to Drug Trafficking

Tuesday, 25 February 2014 11:30
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While the United States is increasingly protecting its land borders from drug traffickers with robot technology, coast guard cutbacks are leaving sea lanes unprotected, illustrating the disjointed political nature of the US drug war.


Ukraine: Tymoshenko is Back on the Political Stage After Prison

Monday, 24 February 2014 16:26
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Former Prime Minister Yulia V. Tymoshenko was released from her Kharkiv prison hospital on Saturday and flew to Kiev to speak on Independence Square. Although she has had many supporters over the years, opinions vary as to whether or not she should return to power.


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Re:Baltica Completes Series on Latvian Health Care System
The Baltic Center for Investigative Journalism Re:Baltica, an OCCRP partner, has published the last installment in its series about the health care...
Trafficking and Terrorism: How Organized Crime Thrives on Passport Fraud
By Ana Baric Passport Stamps. Photo Credit: Flickr. Jon Rawlinson The March 7 disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines plane one hour into its flight...
Colombia: A Country Torn Between Peace and Corruption
By: Maria Virginia Olano In Colombia, it is no secret that laws and rules there can be bent and moved around, especially with a couple of bills in...
Press Persecution in Azerbaijan: Where Investigative Journalism Is “Espionage”
By Ana Baric Azerbaijan is maintaining its usual approach to press “freedom”: sponsoring pro-regime media and unapologetically repressing...
Venezuela: The Battle Against a Corrupt, Authoritarian State
By Maria Virginia Olano It was supposed to be the day Venezuela celebrates its young people. Instead, three students were killed, more than 70...