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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...
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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

See the documents everyone is talking about - documents the Ukrainian president tried to destroy...

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DIY: The New Amphetamine Trade

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Powder is one form that amphetamine takes; it can also be ingested as a pill. Source: EMCDDA drug profile - amphetamine Photo credits: SINTES, OFDT

By Mujtaba Ali

Last summer, when UK police raided an industrial building in the picturesque market town of Newton-le-Willows, about 20 miles east of Liverpool, they found something they had never seen before. Police already knew that the five members of a transnational organized crime group they had been monitoring planned to produce amphetamines. But in the first case of its kind in the UK, the group, which included two Chinese chemists, was planning on producing the drug from scratch.

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Azeri Statue Tour Comes to Montenegro

AliyevDjukanovicMontenegrin PM Milo Đukanović met with Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev during his official visit to Montenegro. (Gov. of Montenegro)

By Eliza Ronalds-Hannon

Azerbaijan continued its tour of stone-carved diplomacy this week with an announcement it will fund and build a statue in Montenegro of Javid Huseyn, an Azeri poet who was killed during Stalin’s purges. 

The statue will sit in King’s Park, which the Azeri government is also paying to rebuild along with the street on which it sits. The Montenegrin government declined to give specifics regarding the cost of the project, but said it would be a multi-million dollar endeavor.

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OCCRP Reporters On State & Criminal Pressure

In October, 2012, 23 journalists from the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project's international network gathered in Istanbul to train and collaborate. Among the issues they discussed was the pressure journalists face from criminal groups and authorities as they try to do their jobs.

 

Montenegrin Crime Figure Assasinated

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By Bojana Jovanovic and Stevan Dojcinovic

Anton Stanaj, a Montenegrin business owner and convicted cigarette-smuggling kingpin, was killed Friday in Sudan, allegedly murdered in his hotel room.

After serving three-and-a-half years in prison in Serbia for his role as the head of a group of international cigarette smuggleres, Stanaj was free on an usnusual agreement after posting "bail" of €400,000  that granted him the ability to travel before serving the remainder of his 6-year sentence.

According to court records, Stanaj ran a cigarette smuggling group using the business structure and connections of his family company, Roksped, which is the exclusive importer of cigarettes for Montenegro.

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Executive Alleges Bribery at Ericsson

By Daniel Bojin and Paul Radu, with contribution from Sweden by Michell Gronlund 

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In a courtroom in the Swedish capital of Stockholm, a telecommunications executive and his employer have been fighting a pitched battle to see who is dirtier.  Ericsson, the Swedish telecommunication giant, claims Thomas Lundin, their former general manager in Romania, pilfered $7 million from them. 

Lundin says the $7 million was part of a company-approved slush fund used to bribe Romanian officials and decision makers to get more business.  The case raises questions about how Western businesses really work in Eastern Europe and comes at a time when Swedish prosecutors are looking at a similar case involving officials at Teliasonera who allegedly bribed Uzbek officials for a 3G license.

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Ukraine's Customs Cash Cow

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Ukraine's Euroterminal

This three-part series explains how the President of Ukraine ordered a private customs warehouse built at the country's main port, which now processes all imports -- at a high profit.

 The owner on record claims he is an unwitting proxy, and meanwhile the operators have a long track record of organized crime connections. 

 

Narcotic Superhighways: The Top 5 Routes for Drug Trafficking

mapa-1-v2Most of the world's drugs flow through these five routes. 

 

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Offshore Secrecy: The Horsemeat Scandal

meat  by Romana Puiuleț, Daniel Bojin, and Paul Radu

It’s now known as the horsemeat scandal – and it has consumers and policy makers unnerved.  How could horsemeat get passed off as beef lasagna and hamburger meat in some of Europe’s largest super market chains?  The scandal has raised questions about the safety and transparency of food networks.

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