24th November 2020
A longstanding critic of Kremlin corruption has accused NatWest of closing his bank account in the UK because it had been influenced by an intense and pervasive “black PR” campaign mounted against him by Russian actors in their home country. “Black PR” is a term referring to a series of… Read More
23rd November 2020
Russia on Friday stopped a U.N. Security Council committee from blacklisting a Libyan militia group and its leader for human rights abuses because it said it wanted to see more evidence first that they had killed civilians. The United States and Germany proposed that the council’s… Read More
20th November 2020
Swiss prosecutors are close to ending a decade-old probe into alleged money laundering tied to a $230 million tax-fraud case pursued by Sergei Magnitsky, whose death in a Russian jail prompted the U.S. to enact laws targeting those responsible. The Swiss federal prosecutors outlined their intention to close the case… Read More
19th November 2020
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Germany accused Russia and China on Tuesday of preventing a United Nations Security Council committee from determining whether North Korea has breached a U.N. cap on refined petroleum imports by the isolated Asian state. The Security Council has ratcheted up sanctions on North Korea since 2006… Read More
18th November 2020
By Paul Radu, Dmitry Velikovsky and Olesya Shmagun, OCCRP, 17 November 2020 OCCRP — Prevezon Holdings Ltd is a small international real estate investment company that leaves an unusually large footprint in stories about global crime and politics. The Cypriot company, owned by Russian citizens, was a beneficiary in Russia’s… Read More
17th November 2020
The European Union threatened to add sanctions against Belarus over the “outrageous” death of a 31-year-old man died following his detention by the police in the capital, Minsk. Raman Bandarenka was taken away by police on Wednesday following a clash between locals hanging ribbons on a park fence in support… Read More
13th November 2020
German Lillevali can thank the coronavirus for getting out of an immigration facility in the California desert, but his troubles are far from over. The former financier had changed his name and left Moscow two years ago owing clients millions before being detained in the U.S. for overstaying his visa. Read More
13th November 2020
Among the foreign-policy challenges facing President-elect Joe Biden will be the question of what to do with an array of punitive economic sanctions that have been President Trump’s primary tool for confronting U.S. rivals. Mr. Trump in nearly four years has issued 3,577 sanctions designations, imposing such penalties at a… Read More
13th November 2020
By Will Fitzgibbon, ICIJ, 12 November 2020 ICIJ – “Hello Will, this is Brandon Hubbard, you sent me a letter.” The last thing I expected when reporting on the FinCEN Files investigation was a nighttime reply from a convicted drug dealer. “Texting because this jail provides iPods to do so… Read More
12th November 2020
The U.S. is drawing up additional sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline project, the latest obstacle in the path of the 9.5 billion-euro ($11.2 billion) Russia-to-Germany link that’s been halted almost a year. House and Senate negotiators agreed to target insurers and technical certification companies working on… Read More