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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
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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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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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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.”


The Age Of Kurchenko

Serhiy Kurchenko (middle) and Energy Minister Eduard Stavytsky (right) participate in a symbolic March 29 launch of the Odessa Oil Refinery, one of Kurchenko's latest acquisitions. © UNIAN

By Sevgil Musaeva

Serhiy Kurchenko is the latest Ukrainian gas-and-oil multimillionaire whose wealth is alleged to have come at least partially from government-blessed schemes at the expense of the rest of the nation.

Kurchenko denies allegations of wrongdoing from members of Parliament and media investigations, while Ukraine’s general prosecutor has found nothing illegal in his dealings.


How Ukraine’s Newest Media Mogul has Dealt with the Press

Serhiy Kurchenko, who counts the Metalist football club as one of his properties, attends a match in December 2012.

By Katya Gorchinskya

As an investigative reporter for Forbes Ukraine, Sevgil Musaieva is used to people threatening her or trying to bribe her. But last year, as she and her colleague Oleksandr Akymenko investigated how a once-obscure young Ukrainian businessman mysteriously became a prominent multimillionaire, they became frightened enough to ask their publisher for a bodyguard.


OCCRP's New and Improved Investigative Dashboard Is Here

Business_registryFrom corrupt business takeovers to horsemeat scandals, investigative reporters worldwide are using the Investigative Dashboard with award-winning results. The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) rolled out the new and improved Investigative Dashboard at the Google Ideas Summit in New York, showcasing the platform's abilities and ambitions in ways that will "take public records to a whole new level," says Google.


Cocaine Brokers Revealed

EL-viejoBy Lorenzo Bodrero

Their job is to deliver cocaine, tons of it. They work for trans-national organized crime syndicates and South American cartels. Thanks to them, people can buy cheap cocaine at some hidden corner in any city, fuelling a market that in 2009 the UN estimated at $85 billion annually.


Ukraine’s TVi channel keeps on changing hands

Alexander Altman was riding high when he announced on April 25 that he was the new owner of TVi, a takeover that prompted most journalists to quit the television station that specialized in hard-hitting investigations. But Altman is saying he was the victim of fraud. (Photo by Kostyantyn Chernichkin)

By Denys Bigus

Four months after he walked into Ukraine’s TVi newsroom as a financial savior and “second breath” for the financially struggling channel, Alexandr Altman is crying foul.

“I do not accept that I am the controlling mind or the director (statutory, de facto or otherwise) of Balmore or any of the five Invest companies,” Altman now says of the interlocking maze of companies that last April took over a channel once praised for its independence and hard-hitting investigations.


Romanians Take To Streets Against Corruption

RosiaMontana2By Matt Sarnecki

Thousands marched in Bucharest and several other Romanian cities on Sunday to protest a plan to open the largest open pit gold mine in Europe in Romania.

The demonstrations, which began two weeks ago, have become one of the largest spontaneous social movements of recent years. They reveal mounting opposition to what some Romanians feel is an environmentally precarious project, and a larger problem of political corruption.


US Authorities Look to Seize Magnitsky Linked Assets

Denis Katsyv purchased Prevezon for US$50,000.

There may be some justice for Sergei Magnitsky yet.

Magnitsky is the Russian lawyer who died in Moscow's notorious Butyrka prison in 2009 after a year of beatings and neglect. He had exposed a $US230 million tax scam, the largest in Russian history, but instead of a reward he was accused of the crime himself and jailed. The money disappeared and Russian authorities have said it cannot be found.

But for the first time there may be retribution for those who benefited financially from Magnitsky’s death.


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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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