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Exxon’s Court Win Could Spark More Sanctions Penalty Challenges

The U.S. could face more legal challenges to proposed sanctions penalties after Exxon Mobil Corp.’s recent victory in a Texas federal court, white collar attorneys say. The Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has been on a hot streak of sorts, hitting a six-year high in its number of… Read More

Tricked Into the Migrant Trade

It was the middle of a typically cold Ukrainian winter, and Valerii Berezkin, a balding, middle-aged mechanic, was in debt and needed cash. Then, in a billiards hall in the city of Cherkasy, a man approached him with a tempting offer: He could travel to Turkey and make money ferrying… Read More

Corruption whistleblower law enters into force in Ukraine

Ukraine’s new law amending anti-graft legislation and introducing “corruption whistleblowers” has entered into force. The law is set to protect and provide financial incentives to whistleblowers who report corruption-related offenses. The Ukrainian government will provide a monetary reward to whistleblowers for important tips that will help investigate high-profile corruption-related crimes… Read More
1st January 2020
Exxon Mobil Corp. won a lawsuit challenging a $2 million fine levied against it by U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin after the company allegedly violated Ukraine-related sanctions with a series oil and gas deals in Russia. Exxon wasn’t given sufficient notice that the 2014 contracts with a powerful ally… Read More
31st December 2019
The head of the Financial Intelligence Unit, Madis Reimand, said that the fact that sanctions are being imposed against Rossiya Segodnya in Estonia cannot come as any surprise, the “Aktuaalne kaamera” newscast of public broadcaster ERR reported. “Our objective is to fully comply with Estonian law and the sanctions imposed… Read More
25th December 2019
If recent trends hold, Kostyantin Zhevago’s run as a billionaire is at risk of coming to an end. And that’s only the start of his troubles. A deepening investigation into allegations of money laundering and embezzlement has forced the Ukrainian billionaire out of the leadership of his flagship company, Ferrexpo… Read More
23rd December 2019
The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG) has filed an indictment against Ukrainian former lawmaker Mykola Martynenko and a second, unnamed, Ukrainian national over the suspected money-laundering of around €2.8 million (CHF3 million). The OAG said on Friday that the indictment had been filed with the Swiss Federal Criminal Court in Bellinzona against Martynenko and an unnamed Ukrainian citizen. Read More
18th December 2019
The shadowy interests of Yevgeny Prigozhin — a Russian businessman and close associate of President Vladimir Putin — have just become a little clearer. Over the past year, reporters from OCCRP’s Russian partner, Novaya Gazeta, tracked the registration details and movements of business jets linked to Prigozhin. They reveal significant… Read More
9th December 2019
Sanctions aimed at blocking the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline from Russia to Germany were included by U.S. lawmakers a must-pass defense bill, according to two people familiar with the legislation. The sanctions, which would apply to companies building the pipeline project of Russian energy company Gazprom PJSC, are… Read More
6th December 2019
Boris Johnson’s anti-corruption champion has said that the UK must “clamp down harder” on corruption after an investigation revealed how a British company registered a global web of businesses linked to international crime gangs. John Penrose, who co-ordinates the response to corruption, said that Britain’s reputation for integrity was vital… Read More
4th December 2019
Ukraine’s state prosecutor office said on Tuesday that Kostyantin Zhevago, the former chief executive of London-listed iron pellet producer Ferrexpo, had been put on an international wanted list. Prosecutors said in a statement they wanted to detain a former lawmaker and former beneficiary owner of Finance & Credit Bank. Tuesday’s… Read More
29th November 2019
Ukraine’s central bank has issued an unprecedented statement accusing local oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky, the former owner of nationalized lender PrivatBank, of orchestrating a campaign of intimidation against the institution and its staff. The National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) has been targeted by protesters accusing the bank’s management of corruption and… Read More
29th November 2019
The wanted runaway politician, businessman and equestrian Oleksandr Onyshchenko has said he is about to return to Kyiv on Dec. 13 to face down accusations of fraud and money laundering. “I believe it is time,” he told the Kyiv Post on Nov. 21. As proof, millionaire Onyshchenko sent the Kyiv Post his… Read More