12th August 2020
A parliamentary intelligence committee recently highlighted how President Vladimir Putin’s Russia wields malign influence inside the United Kingdom – and not just through disinformation and deadly spy-craft. The committee’s report also examined how Putin’s agents and allies – and crucially, their money – have infiltrated the business, social and political… Read More
7th August 2020
By Mark Anderson, Khadija Sharife and Nathalie Prevost, OCCRP, 6 August 2020 OCCRP — As militant groups spread across the Sahel, the West African nation of Niger went on a U.S.-backed military spending spree that totaled about US$1 billion between 2011 and 2019. But almost a third of that money was… Read More
5th August 2020
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
3rd August 2020
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
31st July 2020
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