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

Ukraine: The "Family" Business of a Mezhygirya Contractor

Tuesday, 15 April 2014 18:29
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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.


Arkan, Bojović Associate Murdered

Monday, 07 April 2014 10:28
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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.


How Kurchenko's offshores worked

Sunday, 06 April 2014 18:53
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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.


The Silent Looting of Russia

Saturday, 29 March 2014 00:00
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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.


Yanukovych’s Real Estate Empire, Part 2

Wednesday, 26 March 2014 21:21
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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.


Montenegro: Court Bars Extradition In Murder Case

Tuesday, 25 March 2014 17:53
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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.


Ukraine: AutoMaidan Black List Found in Mezhygirya

Monday, 24 March 2014 18:42
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automaydan6By Mariya Zemlyanska (Svidomo) and Natalie Sedletska (RFE/RL)

Among the papers salvaged by in the lavish Mezhygirya compound after former President Viktor Yanukovych's escape was a folder that indicates just how closely security forces were watching protesters.


Serbia: Darko Šarić Surrenders To Avoid ‘Bloodbath’

Tuesday, 18 March 2014 19:45
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Darko Šarić (photo:

By Stevan Dojčinović and Bojana Jovanović

Balkan drug lord Darko Šarić, on the run for more than four years, is in police custody today after surrendering to avoid a possible bloodbath, according to Serbian Minister of Justice Nikola Selaković.

Selaković told a Belgrade news conference Tuesday that Šarić decided to turn himself in when he learned last month that police were hot on his trail as he moved through four countries in Latin America.


Georgia: Reformers Wait, While Government Watches

Monday, 17 March 2014 11:55
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Thomas Hammarberg, the European Union’s special adviser on legal and constitutional issues in Georgia.

By Elza Ketsbaia

It’s been more than a year since the new Georgian government denounced the previous administration for spying on its own citizens, and yet the surveillance continues.

Despite watchdog organizations’ concerns and complaints, the Georgian government continues to use the latest technologies to listen to its citizens’ phone calls, read their text messages and monitor Internet traffic.


Ukraine: Investigations Mushroom in Kurchenko’s Wake

Friday, 14 March 2014 15:07
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Serhiy Kurchenko suspected of being a front man for overthrown President Viktor Yanukovych’s family, clearly liked offshore destinations.

By Anna Babinets (

The young Ukrainian ex-billionaire Serhiy Kurchenko, now widely suspected of being a front man for overthrown President Viktor Yanukovych’s family, clearly liked doing business in offshore tax havens.

Kurchenko’s companies registered offshore are now accused of trading in oil products using a tax evasion scheme that cost Ukraine’s government an estimated US$1 billion in lost revenues.


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