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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...
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Unholy Alliances - How Organized Crime, Government And Business Interact In Montenegro

Montenegro has long desired to become a Balkan Monte Carlo. But instead it has become something unique in the Balkans -- a crime state where organized crime, government…

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Serbia: Officials ignored Red Flags in Azotara case

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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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Serbia: Crime Figure Linked to Trade Group

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Mirjana Acimovic, the head of Jakta and associate of Andrija Drašković. (photo: facebook)

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The chairwoman of Serbia’s influential gambling trade association has been an employee and director for businesses owned by Serbian crime figure Andrija Draskovic for at least the past 17 years.

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Georgia: A Deal Done in the Dark

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Stark lights illuminate rock formations inside the Prometheus Cave in Georgia. Ecologists say the lights may be damaging the delicate environment.

By Nino Bakradze

A move by the Saakashvili government to redo a lighting and sound system in an environmentally sensitive cave is leaving many in the dark. The move, which may be damaging the cave’s delicate ecosystem, also appears to have drained the state budget unnecessarily.

It may just come down to politics.

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Georgia: Villagers Say Politicians Damaged Lake

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Armen Sandadze pulls a fishing line into his inflatable rubber boat. Since it was slashed, it leaks and he can't go far from shore. Photo by Nana.

By Nana Naskidashvili, Studio Monitori

Armen Sandaze’s house looks out on Lake Tabatskuri, a high alpine lake that is one of the deepest and most beautiful in the Republic of Georgia.

Sandaze, 43, used to make his living as a fisherman there, like many others in the twin lakeside villages of Tabatskuri and Moliti. For more than 20 years, he rowed out onto the lake to support his family.

But now it is illegal.

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Armenia: Church and State Deny Money Laundering

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Police are investigating links between Archbishop Navasard Kchoyan, left, and Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan, right, and absconded businessman Ashot Sukiasyan.

By Edik Baghdasaryan and Kristine Aghalaryan

If you believe the signatures on the documents, Armenia’s Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan and Armenian Apostolic Church Archbishop Navasard Kjoyan are partners with a businessman charged with money laundering for taking a US$10.7 million bank loan and then depositing most of it in accounts he controlled in Cyprus.

The archbishop says he didn’t sign the documents. The prime minister has called for an investigation.

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First Person: One night in the life of Ukraine’s EuroMaidan

By Vlad Lavrov

It was around 2 a.m. on Dec. 11 when, alarmed by reports of an upcoming attack by the riot police, I entered Kyiv City Hall in the heart of the mass protests that since late November had been taking place in Ukraine’s capital.

Now the building was being used by the protesters as a sleeping lodge and makeshift hospital.

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Independence Square. Photo: Kostyantyn Chernichkin/Kyiv Post
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Colombia: A Country Torn Between Peace and Corruption
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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
By Maria Virginia Olano It was supposed to be the day Venezuela celebrates its young people. Instead, three students were killed, more than 70...

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