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Pavel Durov, the CEO of Russia’s most popular social media site Vkontake (VK), said on Monday that he was ousted by...
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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...
Former President Had Big Plans
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Ukraine: The "Family" Business of a Mezhygirya Contractor
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Arkan, Bojović Associate Murdered
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How Kurchenko's offshores worked
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The Silent Looting of Russia
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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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Jail Crunch: Eastern European Prisons Visualized

Welcome to JailCrunch, an interactive investigative graphic from the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and its member organizations. JailCrunch visualizes prison data across Eastern Europe and…

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Yanukovych Leaks

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Most Viewed Stories of 2013

From rogue lawmakers to deadly drugs and mobsters, see our most viewed stories in 2013.

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OCCRP announces 2013 Organized Crime and Corruption “Person of the Year”

OCCRP award acknowledges those who promote Uncivil Society

Extortion and smuggling. Counterfeiting, fraud, and money laundering. Hacking and bribery. Organized crime groups and corrupt persons have been wildly successful in 2013. They have trafficked and enslaved millions of people around the globe, hustled hundreds of billions of dollars through drug sales, corrupted countless persons and further cemented partnerships at the nexus of crime and politics.

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State weapons exporter caught in cross-border bribery scandal

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On Dec. 25, 2012, an Antonov-72 jet belonging to the state border guard service of Kazakhstan crashed killing 27 people, including the head of the Kazakh border guard and his wife.

By ANNA BABINETS, Slidstvo.info

It was a simple pay-to-play blueprint. There was no elaborate network of shell companies, no string of bank transfers in offshore jurisdictions. Just kickbacks in cash totaling nearly $1.5 million to get contracts for performing major repairs on Russian and Ukrainian made aircrafts.

But the scheme ended early in the morning of Jan. 26 this year when two Ukrainians, employed by the state-owned weapons trader Ukrspetsexport, got into a taxi in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan in Central Asia. The cab whisked them away from the Ramada Plaza hotel to the airport. Just prior to boarding a Kyiv-bound plane, they were arrested by Kazakh security agents.

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Romanian Mining Company Under Investigation for Money Laundering

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The old mining gallery at Rosia Montana, where the Romans once mined for gold.

Romanian prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation into Rosia Montana Gold Corporation (RMGC), the company that holds the license to exploit the largest open-pit gold mine in Europe. Rise Project, a member of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), has learned that the investigation is focusing on money laundering and tax evasion. Prosecutors subsequently confirmed the nature of the investigation in a letter to Rise Project.

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Is Corruption Holding Afghanistan Together?

Kevin Briskin

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A newly graduated Afghan policeman shakes hands with a provincial police official.

US Army Captain Brittany Ray spent a year in Afghanistan embedded with hundreds of Afghan Uniformed Police (AUP). After months of training, the AUP officers were shaping up into a competent paramilitary force.

But they weren’t getting the message on corruption.

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The Turbulent World of Armenian Airlines

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Since 2004, airplanes owned or registered to Armenian outfits -- and often flown by Armenian crews outside their native country -- have been involved in a number of dangerous and deadly incidents. Authorities in the countries involved, the airlines and even the manufacturer do not appear interested in looking too closely at the cause of the crashes. The disastrous crashes raise questions about the safety of aging Armenian planes, how they are regulated and improprieties in their registration.

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OCCRP Investigative Reporter Receives Knight International Journalism Award

Roman Anin, an Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project and Novaya Gazeta reporter, received the Knight International Journalism Award last night at a ceremony in Washington D.C.

The Knight International Journalism Award is presented by the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) and recognizes “media professionals who demonstrate a passionate commitment to excellent reporting that makes a difference in the lives of people around the world.”

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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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