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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.


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.


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