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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...
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...
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
  The internet is a powerful tool in the service of investigative...

Albania: Let’s Cooperate Across Borders to Fight Crime

Friday, 07 February 2014 14:19
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Criminals who buy and sell drugs and human beings are getting better at cooperating with each other across regional borders, says a top Albanian official—so area governments had better do likewise.

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EU: To Combat Crime, Changes to Anti Money Laundering Bill Proposed

Thursday, 06 February 2014 15:37
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It has been a decade since the European Union (EU) reviewed its rules for fighting money laundering. A vote on potential changes is coming up next week, on Feb. 13, and an American anti-crime group is urging the EU to crack down once and for all on offshore registries.

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Brazil: Fugitive Banker Arrested

Thursday, 06 February 2014 14:09
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Henrique Pizzolato, former marketing director of Brazil’s state-owned bank, was arrested Wednesdayin Italy, where he fled to avoid arrest after being charged with corruption, embezzlement and money laundering.

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Italy: Anti-Mafia Bureau Seizes US$540 million of Camorra Assets

Wednesday, 05 February 2014 17:06
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Around US$540 million was seized in Tuesday’s sting targeting the Zaza clan of the Camorra organized crime group in Italy.

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England: US$976,000 in Cash and Diamonds Seized

Wednesday, 05 February 2014 16:19
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Britain’s National Crime Agency coordinated an operation Tuesday to target a suspected network of international money-laundering specialists, which helped crime figures hide millions of pounds. 

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Mexico: Sex Traffickers Using Child Recruiters in Evolving Trade

Wednesday, 05 February 2014 12:03
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Sex traffickers in Mexico have reportedly begun using underage girls to recruit other minors for sexual exploitation, reflecting a broader trend of the increasing use of children by organized crime.

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Russia: Alleged Drug Lord Helped Win Olympics for Sochi

Tuesday, 04 February 2014 16:11
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Russia won the right to host the 2014 Winter Olympics, after the International Olympic Committee voted in 2007. According to an investigation by ABC-TV in the US, Russia was assisted by the criminal boss and heroin kingpin Gafur Rakhimov in beating out Austria and South Korea for the chance to serve as host.

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Europe: Report Says Corruption Costs the EU $160 Billion Yearly

Tuesday, 04 February 2014 16:04
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In its first Anti-Corruption Report, the European Commission said corruption costs the European economy about US$160 billion a year.

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Italy: Operation ‘Movement’ Targets a US $370 Million Empire

Monday, 03 February 2014 15:49
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 A financial empire involving nearly 100 companies, 174 pieces of real estate, 32 vehicles, and two large yachts was seized Jan. 31 by the Guardia di Finanza, the Italian financial police.

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Romania: Former Minister’s 5-Year Sentence Affirmed

Friday, 31 January 2014 15:21
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The Supreme Court Thursday upheld a five-year sentence for Relu Fenechiu, the former Transport Minister and a prominent figure in the Liberal party, for illegally selling  electrical equipment. 

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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...