14th October 2020
By Šarūnas Černiauskas, Vlad Lavrov and Stas Ivashkevich, OCCRP, 13 October 2020 OCCRP — In December 2010, Alexander Lukashenko celebrated his fourth reelection as the president of Belarus. The fight was far from fair: Lukashenko’s rivals argued that the dictator had abused his power to secure the win. The international… Read More
14th October 2020
The billionaire financier Leon Black, one of Wall Street’s most powerful executives, was facing questions from clients after Jeffrey Epstein was arrested last year on federal sex trafficking charges. The two men had known each other for decades, and investors of Mr. Black’s investment company, Apollo Global Management, wanted… Read More
14th October 2020
While the world looks to next month’s U.S. election for clues on the future of the standoff with Iran, candidates are preparing for another vote that may prove just as pivotal. Next June, Iranians will also elect a new president, as the era of Hassan Rouhani, who staked… Read More
14th October 2020
A developer owned by a controversial Chinese casino mogul the U.S. has designated a transnational crime boss is building a new port on the Mekong River in Laos near the Golden Triangle Special Economic Zone, the latest Chinese-backed infrastructure project in the country, sources in Laos told RFA. Featured prominently… Read More
14th October 2020
Free-trade zones (FTZs) are designed to attract trade by suspending the collection of customs duties. These incentives are frequently coupled with advantages such as simplified customs inspection procedures, liberalised incorporation regimes and physical infrastructure superior to that available elsewhere in the same country. These features can be attractive to legitimate… Read More
14th October 2020
Commissioner Patricia Bergin, SC, has scorched Crown Resorts’ risk management strategies as counterproductive “gobbledygook” for the average employee as part of the NSW inquiry into the casino giant. Toni Korsanos said she was unaware of debate surrounding her status as an “independent” director when she joined Crown’s board in… Read More
13th October 2020
Several high-ranking Cypriot officials, politicians, lawyers and real estate developers are implicated in a scheme that allows criminals to buy a European passport using the country’s citizenship through an investment programme, an Al Jazeera investigation has found. In The Cyprus Papers Undercover, Al Jazeera reveals how the country’s highest political… Read More
13th October 2020
The European Union agreed Monday to impose targeted sanctions against Russian officials and entities allegedly involved in the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny but officials insisted the move should not undercut Europe’s continued high-level contacts with President Vladimir Putin. Foreign ministers meeting in Luxembourg backed a Franco-German… Read More
13th October 2020
By Ignacio Rodríguez Reyna, Zorayda Gallegos and Silber Meza, Quinto Elemento Lab and CONNECTAS via OCCRP, 9 October 2020 Insight Crime – As drug traffickers’ bank of choice for many years, HSBC allowed its services to be used as a conduit for money laundering. The US and Mexican governments… Read More
13th October 2020
Central banks set out to regulate cross-border stablecoins like Facebook’s planned Libra with a common approach on Tuesday, saying more rules may later be needed to ensure stability. The prospect of a currency-backed stablecoin being used by billions of people on Facebook has galvanised central banks into putting together rules… Read More