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After the Virus, Fighting Corruption Tops Slovak To-Do List

“The promised changes can’t wait for the crisis to end.” Wearing a white mask and surrounded by members of his cabinet, Slovak Prime Minister Igor Matovic struck a resolute note at a news conference in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. No government in Slovak history has faced challenges like… Read More

International Crackdown on Black Market Medicine in Europe

By Will Neal OCCRP — Investigators in more than 15 countries have seized almost 36 million units of medical drugs in a coordinated sting on European groups trafficking black market and counterfeit medications. Operation Misused Medicines (MisMed), backed by Europol and now in its third phase, took place between… Read More

Kočner’s World

By Pavla Holcová and Arpád Soltesz OCCRP — For years, Marian Kočner was one of the most wealthy and powerful businessmen in Slovakia, a man whose connections with judges and prosecutors made him virtually untouchable, and whose extravagance made him a frequent fixture in local tabloids. Today, the middle-aged businessman’s craggy face… Read More
13th February 2020
The European Commission has sent legal warnings to Cyprus, Portugal, the Netherlands and five other EU states over their delays in applying new anti-money laundering rules adopted at European Union level two years ago. The 27 EU states were required to enact by January tighter rules to counter dirty-money risks… Read More
11th December 2019
The Trump administration is imposing sanctions on at least 20 more people accused of human rights abuses, targeting government officials, businessmen and others in countries from Myanmar to Pakistan — but still avoiding penalizing some world leaders deemed critical partners. The new sanctions, announced Tuesday, are the latest in a… Read More
3rd April 2019
Members of the European Parliament are voicing concerns about the rule of law in Malta and Slovakia following the murder of two journalists investigating corruption and organized crime in the countries. The parliamentarians on Thursday formally adopted the conclusions reached last summer by a working group established within the Civil… Read More
27th March 2018
The murder of Slovak investigative journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancee last month, which sparked mass protests and forced prime minister Robert Fico to resign, was likely to have been a contract killing, a prosecutor said on Monday. Kuciak, 27, was killed with two shots in his chest and Martina… Read More