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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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The Battle for Mineral Resources


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.



Organized crime figure “Pisateli The Writer” arrested in Moldova

Police arrest Ion Anton Druta alias Vanea the Writer on charges of murder.

Organized crime boss Ion Anton Druta, known as “Vanea” or “Pisateli The Writer” was arrested July 12 in Chisinau by the National Inspector of Investigations of the Republic of Moldova.

According to state Police Chief Ion Bodrug, police had monitored Druta for a long time and arrested him the moment he tried to flee. This was immediately after the Chisinau Appeals Court announced that he had been sentenced to 20 years in prison for orchestrating a triple homicide by subordinates in 2000.


Serbian PM was Warned of Tončev’s Mafia Ties

Mobster Boris Petkov (middle) with a young Ivica Toncev (right).

By Stevan Dojčinović, Bojana Jovanović and Christoph Zotter

Story in Serbian language.

Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dačić’s national security advisor has maintained contact with major organized crime figures since before 2008 when he entered government.

An internal government intelligence report shows that Ivica Toncev’s ties to organized crime were known to the prime minister. Yet, despite that knowledge and warnings from diplomats of several major countries, Toncev gained in power and responsibility.

The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and Center for Investigative Reporting in Serbia (CINS) was given access to a leaked report titled “Information on activities and contacts of Ivica Tončev” dating from mid-2012.


EU Entry May Not Change Corruption in Croatia

By Mujtaba Ali

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Croatia’s admission to the European Union this week is being accompanied by celebrations throughout Europe. Whether toasts are being made to genuine change or to a sad hoax remains to be seen.


Russian Rail Head Held Dacha Via Offshore

yakuninThe president of Russian Railways may run a state-owned company but he enjoys a posh dacha in suburban Moscow owned by companies set up in Cyprus and Panama by people with connections to him.

By Roman Anin

A few lines posted earlier this month on a popular Russian online forum saying the president of the Russian Railways owns a chunk of land with a luxurious dacha on it, in a posh suburban area of Moscow ignited a heated discussion in the Russian blogosphere.


Legija Firm Active in Panama

The Esperidon Square neighborhood in Athens is home to many Serbian Mafia.

By Dragana Pećo

CINS uncovers assets of assassin overlooked and untouched by authorities.

After police arrested Milorad “Legija’ Ulemek, the special forces mob boss who ordered the assassination of Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Đinđić in 2003, the Serbian Prosecutor’s Office went looking for his assets to claim.  Ulemek should have had plenty – the crime figure ran the lucrative Zemun clan for years and had been taking a cut of most of its actions.  But when they went looking, they found very little.

The Center for Investigative Reporting in Serbia (CINS), may have found some of those missing assets.  CINS has found that Ulemek, using the fake name Vlado Vukomanović founded an offshore firm in Panama with his wife back in 2001 that remains active today.  It is not clear what assets it holds.


The Wall Street Connection

wall-street-signWhen reporters followed the money, the path was clear -- a Moldovan ghost company was used to transfer funds stolen from the Russian tax authority to an international real estate company named Prevezon.  Shortly after, Prevezon bought luxury New York apartments near Wall Street that it still owns. Denis Katsyv, the current owner of that company and the son of a wealthy government official, has denied any involvement saying he bought the company after the transfer.  But new documents and evidence obtained by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) raises more questions about Katsyv’s involvement.


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