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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...
Kurchenko May Have Tried to Transfer Assets to Russia
Serhiy Kurchenko (middle) and Energy Minister Eduard Stavytsky (right)...
Former President Had Big Plans
By Kateryna Kapliuk, Slidstvo.info 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...
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...

Turkey: Citing Illegal Content, Courts Block Twitter Days Before Elections

Friday, 21 March 2014 14:20
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Hours after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to shut down Twitter because it was allegedly spreading false corruption claims, users in Turkey found their access to the social media site restricted.

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South Africa: Opposition Says President Zuma Spends Too Much

Friday, 21 March 2014 13:23
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South African opposition politicians have accused President Jacob Zuma of overspending regarding the US$24 million “security upgrade” made to his private home.

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Uzbekistan: Telecommunications Company Investigated for Corruption

Thursday, 20 March 2014 17:04
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Swedish telecommunications company TeliaSonera is being investigated for corruption related to its 2007 US $360.5 million purchase of a 3G license in Uzbekistan, reports Reuters.

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China: Retired Top Military General Held in Graft Probe

Thursday, 20 March 2014 14:14
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The former vice-chairman of China’s powerful Central Military Comission (CMC), Xu Caihou, has been detained for suspected corruption. His wife, daughter and secretary were taken into custody as well.

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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.

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Serbia: Darko Šarić Surrenders To Avoid ‘Bloodbath’

Tuesday, 18 March 2014 19:45
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Darko Šarić (photo: vesti-online.com)

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.

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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.

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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.

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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 (Slidstvo.info)

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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Yanukovych’s real estate

Friday, 14 March 2014 14:24
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real-estate-houseLesya Ivanova (Nashi Groshi), Kateryna Kapliuk (Slidstvo.info) 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.

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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...