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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...
Google is Not Your Friend
  The internet is a powerful tool in the service of investigative...

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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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Georgian Officials Shred Sex Tapes

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Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs employee feeds a surveillance CD into the shredder.

By Elza Ketsbaia

After months of dithering over what to do with thousands of secret sex videos, Georgian officials on Sept. 5 fed 145 compact discs containing the illegal recordings of citizens’ sex lives into a high-powered shredder.

Some 100 people, most journalists, watched the destruction in a large auditorium at the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

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Workers Suffer as State Battles Darko Šarić

MITROSSince Serbia took them over, the firms of fugitive narco boss are barely surviving.

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Workers say that when Darko Šarić owned their companies, they got their salaries, and profits were re-invested into the business. But since Šarić was indicted and his and his associates’ assets were confiscated, neither workers nor firms have fared as well.

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Selling My Kidney on Facebook

Jeremih_BurtonIn between wishing a friend happy birthday and scrolling absently through my news feed I navigated to a Facebook page called “Buy Kidney.”

A broker based in the UK using the name Jeremih Burton, who runs his operation from a Yahoo account, manages the page.  His email ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) was public so I asked him for more information.

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Montenegrin Prosecutors Launch Probe Into Irish Investment

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Disgraced Irish banker Michael Fingleton paid €5.5 million in 2006 for the Hotel Fjord. (Photo: OCCRP)

Disgraced Irish banker Michael Fingleton is facing a criminal investigation for a deal involving purchase of a hotel in the medieval town of Kotor, Montenegro.

The investigation was launched after Irish developer Louis Maguire, who choreographed the deal and became a part owner of the hotel, turned whistleblower. He handed his files over to authorities on April 23. Kotor Police reviewed the evidence and found sufficient cause to refer the case to prosecutors.  Prosecutors must decide if any laws have been brokenand whether to file charges against Fingleton.

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Georgia: Sex, Files and Videotape

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While the numbers keep changing as more material is discovered, the Georgian government has recorded at about 18,000 secret files since the Rose Revolution in 2003. The sex videos range from famous and not-so-famous Georgians engaging in homosexual activity to top government officials having sex, sometimes at home and with their own spouses.

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Brothers in Crime

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Slobodan Šaranović, brother of Montenegro criminal Branislav Šaranović, who was murdered in 2009, has been arrested in Budva, according to the daily newspaper Vijesti.

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The Battle for Mineral Resources

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Throughout Eastern Europe and the CIS countries, governments have squandered natural resources allowing bribery, corruption and theft to deprive the people of the valuable mineral resources that lie beneath the ground. OCCRP looked at one bribery case to understand how this is being done.

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Venezuela: The Battle Against a Corrupt, Authoritarian State
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