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India: Election Officials Seize Cash and Drugs Used To Buy Votes
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Montenegro: NGO Accuses a Dozen High-Level Officials of Corruption
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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
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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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The Moldovan House of Fraud

MagnitskyIn the winter of 2008, more than US$52 million poured through the bank accounts of two ghost companies based in Moldova. These companies were conduits for money that a ring of Russian state officials and organized crime figures stole through a complex tax fraud scheme.


Owners Battle for TV Station

Konstantin Kagalovsky, the former owner of TVi channel

By Denys Bigus, Natalie Sedletska, Kyrylo Loukerenko and Lyubomyr Ferens

A new team has abruptly taken over programming at TVi, one of Ukraine’s few remaining independent media outlets, and journalists are crying foul. Security personnel barred TVi’s former owner and managers from entering the building.  Meanwhile, over five days in April, insiders say, a dizzying series of transactions involving companies registered in the British Virgin Islands and United Kingdom took place amid allegations of fraud and forgery. Read more...


Leak shows Telecom Negotiated bribes with Dictator’s Daughter

The headquarters of TeliaSonera in Stockholm

New details have emerged regarding TeliaSonera’s alleged dealings with Gulnara Karimova, the daughter of Uzbek dictator Islam Karimov. Documents obtained by Swedish Television (SVT) allege the direct involvement of Gulnara Karimova in the establishment of a protection scheme designed to shield TeliaSonera from customs and tax authorities in return for millions of dollars in kickbacks to Karimova. The bribes were to be shrouded in payments to supposed charitable and cultural organizations. The documents obtained by SVT are alleged to be notated in Karimova’s handwriting.


Italian Trial Looks at Mafia-State Pact

Former Senator Marcello Dell'Utri (left) and Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi (right).

by Lorenzo Bodrero

A much anticipated trial in Italy is set to begin in Palermo on May 27 where prosecutors will charge that high level Italian government officials made a pact with Sicilian Mafia bosses. They allege politicians agreed to roll back laws targeting the Mafia in exchange for a cooling of violence. The potential outcomes of this trial, nicknamed “La Trattativa” (or the “State-Mafia pact”) by the press, could be devastating to officials and local Mafia, and maybe second only to the  Palermo “maxi-trial” of the 1980s, when 475 Mafiosi were indicted and most were convicted.


International Russian Organized Crime Ring Does Old-School Gambling in a New Way

Alimzhan “Taiwanchik” Tokhtakhounov

By Alec Luhn

The April indictment in New York of 34 conspirators involved in gambling and bookmaking rings reads like the screenplay for the 1998 poker flick Rounders, with high-stakes games, Russian mafia dons and thugs breaking bones to collect from losers in too deep.

The main players include a notorious Russian thief-in-law (the equivalent of an Italian mafia don), a billionaire art mogul, a J.P. Morgan banker, a Hollywood poker hostess and the Russian-born ringleader -- poker pro Vadim Trincher, who lived in Trump Tower in a $5 million apartment directly beneath that of “The Donald” himself.


Kosovo: Balkan Kingpin Kelmendi Arrested

Naser Kelmendi

Naser Kelmendi, the notorious Balkan drug kingpin, has been arrested by authorities in Kosovo. Kosovo Police spokesman Baki Kelani told the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIN) that Kelmendi was arrested in the evening hours on May 5.

Kelmendi is wanted under an Interpol warrant issued by Bosnia and Herzegovina in relation to drug trafficking charges. He is also suspected of ordering the murder of suspected rival Ramiz “Ćelo” Delaćič. Kelmendi is currently in custody awaiting processing. Police in Kosovo told CIN that they were not at liberty to discuss Kelmendi’s possible extradition.


Millions Pocketed in Corrupt Angola Debt Deal

Courtesy of Associação Mãos Livres Corruption Watch UK
Associação Mãos Livres/Corruption Watch UK

By Mujtaba Ali

Controversial businessmen, shadowy offshore companies, and corrupt politicians looted a 1996 Russia-Angola debt deal earning hundreds of millions of dollars at the expense of the Russian and Angolan governments, a new report by the Angolan Associação Mãos Livres and Corruption Watch UK revealed on Tuesday. In a $1.5 billion debt repayment from Angola to Russia, $338 million went into the hands of persons who did very little, including a controversial Russian oligarch who earned more than $138 million.

The report, which looks deeply into the deal including listing original documents, shows exactly how major political players in Angola earned millions at the expense of their own state including José Eduardo dos Santos, then President of Angola.


A Murderer's Trail

Vitalie Proca shot an innocent man in Bucharest, Romania (

By Mihai Munteanu, Luke Harding, Ion Preașcă, Iurie Sănduță, Cristi Ciupercă

In November of 2012, a Mercedes pulled up to a home not far from downtown Bucharest, the capital of Romania.  As the young driver got out of his car, a thin, blonde man in his early 30s emerged from the shadows and fired a dozen bullets from a Kalashnikov rifle into his chest and head.

In an eerily similar scene, six months earlier in London, the same blonde man fired six bullets from a Makarov semi-automatic pistol into a Moldovan-Russian banker as he exited a London taxi near his apartment.  As he left, he quietly dropped the gun.


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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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