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UK under pressure to curb cascade of illicit Russian cash

On his way to a high-level meeting in Downing Street, deputy national security advisor Hugh Powell held to his side top-secret papers setting out the Government’s response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea. But a long-lens camera trained on officials walking in and out of Number 10  was enough to catch the… Read More

EU sanctions Russian intelligence, North Korean, Chinese firms over alleged cyberattacks

The European Union on Thursday imposed travel and financial sanctions on a department of Russia’s military intelligence service and on firms from North Korea and China over their suspected participation in major cyberattacks across the world. In its first ever sanctions related to cybercrime, the EU targeted the department for… Read More

Donations of £1bn trigger calls for UK parties to adopt corruption checks

Political parties should adopt anti-money laundering practices to protect democracy, the elections watchdog has said in the wake of the Russia report. Parties are exempt from the regime that requires suspicious transactions of more than £10,000 to be reported to the National Crime Agency. More than £1 billion has been… Read More
31st July 2020
German authorities have asked Russian officials if Jan Marsalek, the former Wirecard AG executive who ran operations for the disgraced fintech company, had entered Russia and requested they act on an Interpol notice issued for his arrest. The request, made on July 22, and a “red notice” issued through multilateral… Read More
30th July 2020
For those that have long railed against the UK’s role as a global hub for money laundering and illicit finance, when it finally emerged last week, the Intelligence and Security Committee’s Russia Report did not disappoint. It contained a full house of elements that have led many to brand… Read More
28th July 2020
Military contractors linked to the Kremlin have seized control of two of Libya’s largest oil facilities in recent weeks, heightening tensions between Russia and the U.S. over Moscow’s growing footprint in the turbulent North African nation. Since June, armed fighters from the Wagner Group, a Russian firm with ties to… Read More
27th July 2020
Privatbank, the Ukrainian lender nationalized by the state in 2016, now claims its former owners laundered nearly $800 million through the United States. After analyzing additional bank records, Privatbank filed an amended complaint in a Delaware court on July 21 against tycoons Ihor Kolomoyskiy and Hennadiy Boholyubov, claiming the men… Read More
24th July 2020
By Olesya Shmagun, OCCRP, 22 July 2020 OCCRP – Though its population barely exceeds 200,000 people, Geneva is one of the world’s most important diplomatic centers. The International Red Cross and the World Health Organization are headquartered in the picturesque Swiss city, along with the second-largest office of the… Read More
23rd July 2020
A costly visa favored by Russian oligarchs and other wealthy investors should be completely revised because it was widely exploited and applicants weren’t adequately vetted, according to a report that laid out the scale of the country’s infiltration in U.K. society and politics. “The U.K. welcomed Russian money, and… Read More
23rd July 2020
Britain has left it too late to untangle the web of Russian influence that permeates the upper ranks of the political and business establishment, the Russia report claims. Wealthy and powerful Russians — some linked to President Putin, others who have fled his regime — are deeply entrenched in… Read More
22nd July 2020
You can’t move in London for Russian oligarchs these days. The city is a haven for the rich and famous – or those trying to escape scrutiny. Its schools are good, it provides a stable investing environment, and according to those who monitor the flows of illicit money into the… Read More
21st July 2020
The United States has slapped additional sanctions on Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov “for numerous gross violations of human rights.” The U.S. State Department said on July 20 that for more than a decade the Moscow-backed leader of Russia’s North Caucasus region of Chechnya had been responsible for abuses including torture… Read More
20th July 2020
The leaders of France, Germany and Italy on Saturday threatened for the first time to use sanctions against countries that continued to violate a United Nations arms embargo on Libya. French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte urged “all foreign actors to end… Read More