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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...
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...
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...

Ex-Guatemalan President Admits Taking $2.5 Million in Bribes

Wednesday, 19 March 2014 11:22
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Guatemalan ex-president Alfonso Portillo admitted Tuesday in US District Court in Manhattan that he accepted a bribe of US$ 2.5 million from Taiwan in exchange for his diplomatic recognition of the Asian country.


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.


Italy: Nearly US$ 600 million seized in organized crime cases

Tuesday, 18 March 2014 09:12
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By Guia Baggi - Investigative Reporting Project Italy

Italian law enforcement agencies last week seized assets worth nearly US$600 million from suspected organized crime figures in two separate operations that stretched from Rome to the toe of Italy’s boot.

The targets were “clans” or family groupings allegedly involved with the ’Ndrangheta, an organized crime group that originated in Calabria in southern Italy.


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.


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.


Ukraine: Billionaire Arrested, Jailed In Vienna on FBI Warrant

Thursday, 13 March 2014 19:27
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One of the richest men in Ukraine was arrested Wednesday in Vienna on a US arrest warrant issued by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Kyiv Post reported Thursday.

Although billionaire Dmytro Firtash, 48, had bodyguards with him, he was arrested without incident in a Viennese street near his business offices, the Austrian News Agency reported.


Italy: $14 million in Assets Seized after Mob Money Laundering

Thursday, 13 March 2014 15:56
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According to Italian prosecutors, organized crime figures manipulated the bid process for a high-speed railway project related to the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, as well as a more recent tourism development project in northwestern Italy.


Mexico: Leader of Vigilante Group Arrested for Suspected Murder

Thursday, 13 March 2014 13:22
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The leader of a Mexican vigilante group formed to fight back against a drug cartel was himself arrested Tuesday for murder—of two rival vigilantes.


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