16th October 2020
The European Union blacklisted six people in Russia allied to President Vladimir Putin as punishment for the attempted murder of opposition leader Alexey Navalny. The targets of the EU asset freezes and travel bans imposed on Thursday include Aleksandr Bortnikov, leader of Russia’s domestic spy agency; Sergei Kiriyenko, first deputy… Read More
16th October 2020
By Ana Poenariu (RISE Project) and Mohammad Bassiki (SIRAJ), OCCRP, 15 October 2020 OCCRP — The Art Deco-style mansion at 47 Paris Street in Bucharest was never going to be cheap. It measures over a thousand square meters, sits in a prime neighborhood favored by diplomats, and was built by… Read More
16th October 2020
Spain has extradited a fugitive former Iranian executive implicated in a large financial corruption case, in what Iran’s judiciary says is the first such extradition from Europe. Alireza Heydar Abadipour, the former CEO of Sarmayeh Bank, touched down at Imam Khomeini International Airport in Tehran, where media and police officials… Read More
15th October 2020
AP — The Vatican’s latest corruption scandal already had all the elements of a spy thriller: One cardinal who was fired during a “surreal” nighttime audience with the pope. Another cardinal, the nemesis of the first, who returned triumphantly to Rome after being acquitted of sexual abuse in Australia. And… Read More
15th October 2020
AP — Swiss authorities said Wednesday they are returning about $37 million in seized funds to South American soccer confederation CONMEBOL. The money is linked to a Swiss corruption investigation into CONMEBOL’S former president Nicolás Leoz of Paraguay and former secretary-general Eduardo Deluca of Argentina. Leoz and Deluca were among… Read More
14th October 2020
Deutsche Bank AG was fined 13.5 million euros ($16 million) by Frankfurt prosecutors over money-laundering violations related to work with Danske Bank A/S. The bank failed on more than 600 occasions to file timely alerts to authorities about suspicious transactions, Frankfurt prosecutors said in a statement Tuesday. A related criminal… Read More
14th October 2020
AP – An anti-corruption watchdog on Tuesday ranked the United States and United Kingdom as the largest exporters most active at enforcing rules meant to prohibit companies from paying bribes in foreign markets, but said many others are doing next to nothing. Berlin-based Transparency International said only four of… Read More
14th October 2020
Cyprus said it was suspending a controversial citizenship for investment programme on Tuesday following reports of abuses of a system that gives the rich a passport and visa-free travel throughout the EU. Criticism of the programme reached a head after the Al Jazeera network secretly filmed a state official, a… Read More
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
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