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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.
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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.


Yanukovych’s real estate

Friday, 14 March 2014 14:24
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real-estate-houseLesya Ivanova (Nashi Groshi), Kateryna Kapliuk ( and Denys Bigus (ZIK)

Part 1 – Residential property

A trove of documents saved from destruction at the former Ukrainian president’s house at Mezhyhirya includes important records on real estate transactions related to Victor Yanukovych.


Garbage Land Deal Stinks

Friday, 14 March 2014 11:01
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Lilo landfill covers 37 hectares. A village with 500 families is 1 kilometer away.

By Nino Bakradze

Residents of the small Georgia village of Didi Lilo have been fighting a rancid war for the past two years over a municipal garbage dump they say was illegally built on their land, and that is located so close to Tbilisi International Airport that it’s a safety hazard.

They claim the dump violates environmental standards and stinks so badly it is hard for people to stay in their own homes. Steady winds sweep across the garbage waiting to be buried, and carries the odor into the village.


Yanukovych Ally Opens Romanian Business

Wednesday, 05 March 2014 16:18
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R_IBy Matt Sarnecki

As Kiev burned last month, the upheaval didn’t stop a prominent Ukrainian businessman close to now-deposed President Victor Yanukovych from establishing a new business in Romania.

The Rise Project and, two Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) partners, investigated firms connected to Yanukovych’s former regime, and discovered that Rinat Ahmetov, a prominent billionaire and supporter of Yanukovych, recently opened a company in Bucharest.


What's Next: Mexico After El Chapo

Thursday, 27 February 2014 09:59
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Police restrain Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman after his arrest

By Armando Cordoba

The Feb. 22 arrest of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the leader of the Sinaloa Federation cartel, has left many experts on Mexico’s drug war wondering what happens next for the cartel which is one of the largest and most powerful drug enterprises in Mexico.


Mexico: They Got Shorty

Saturday, 22 February 2014 21:13
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E__ChapoJoaquin “El Chapo” (Shorty) Guzman, the head of the Sinaloa drug cartel and the world’s most-wanted drug lord, was captured alive Friday night in the Mexican resort city of Mazatlan, the Associated Press reports.

It was an anticlimactic moment in a legendarily violent career that spanned decades and cost untold lives. It will be the end if police can keep him in custody.


Serbia: Local Citizens Fight Back Against Drugs

Friday, 21 February 2014 10:41
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Facebook page of the anti-drug Sveti Sava Citizens’ Association

By Milica Saric

It’s a new kind of war.

In an effort to stop their neighbors from dying of drug abuse, residents of Lazarevac, a Belgrade suburb of about 60,000, have taken on rich and powerful drug dealers by publishing the names of 44 local drug dealers over the past year.


In Georgia: A Sweetheart Deal Leaves Patients In Limbo

Tuesday, 18 February 2014 12:27
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Some of the 18 buildings on the hospital grounds are decrepit. Photo by: George Gogua

By Tsira Gvasalia

The largest pharmaceutical company in the Republic of Georgia has big plans for a choice piece of property it bought five years ago at a bargain price.

In 2009, Aversi-Pharma snapped up a huge Soviet-era hospital complex in Tbilisi when the National Agency for State Property Management conducted a privatization auction. For US$12.5 million, Aversi-Pharma bought 58,175 square meters of land and the 18 buildings on it.


Hungary: Minister’s Former Security Company Flourishes on State Contracts

Tuesday, 18 February 2014 10:25
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Hungarian Minister of Interior Sandor Pinter takes part in the plenary session of the Hungarian Parliament on 7 July, 2011 in Budapest, Hungary. Photo by: Zoltan Tuba/

By Andras Petho

Sándor Pintér, Hungary’s Minister of the Interior, says he has no links with the private security firm that he sold in 2010 and that has continued to gain one lucrative government contract after another.

Pintér says he sold the business before his appointment as minister in 2010 explicitly in order to avoid any possible conflict of interest.


Serbia: Officials ignored Red Flags in Azotara case

Thursday, 13 February 2014 00:00
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Igor Sabo's 2012 visit to Africa was recorded in photographs like this, in which Sabo poses next to an elephant-crossing road sign (photo: Facebook)

Igor Sabo, charged with ex-Minister of Agriculture Saša Dragin with profiting from fertilizer sales in the Azotara case, has a long history of controversial economic and privatization deals.

By Bojana Jovanović

Serbian officials should not have been surprised last year when their business dealings with businessman Igor Sabo ended badly.


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Press Persecution in Azerbaijan: Where Investigative Journalism Is “Espionage”
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Venezuela: The Battle Against a Corrupt, Authoritarian State
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