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The U.S. Midwest Is Foreign Oligarchs’ New Playground

For many in the West, the notion of kleptocracy—of transnational money laundering tied to oligarchs and authoritarians bent on washing billions of dollars in dirty money—remains a foreign concept. It conjures images of oligarchs purchasing penthouses in Manhattan or regime insiders floating aboard yachts along the French Riviera or maybe even the… Read More

Ukraine court rules to seize Sharij’s real estate, assets in foreign banks

Kyiv’s Pechersky district court has ruled to seize Ukrainian blogger Anatoly Sharij’s real estate and bank accounts. He announced this on Telegram on June 2. According to him, he has not been living in Ukraine for 10 years and allegedly has not been involved in financial… Read More

Ex-British Navy submariner arrested in Spain on suspicion of running ‘highly professional’ drugs ring

Spanish police have arrested a British former Navy sailor on suspicion of running a “highly professional” drugs trafficking operation with links across Europe. Robert Mark Benson, 64, is alleged to have used his “extensive nautical knowledge” to mount an operation deploying boats tosmuggle drugs across the Strait of Gibraltar. Police… Read More
25th May 2021
A gun-toting Greek billionaire, Ivan Savvidi, is making a mockery of EU sanctions on Russia, but no one in Athens or Brussels seems to care, posing the question: Is the EU regime a paper tiger? The sanctions were imposed in 2014 over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. They banned EU nationals… Read More
18th May 2021
Ukraine, one of the most active crypto nations in the world, is striving to be a dream jurisdiction for crypto businesses. Legislators and the local crypto community are working together on a package of laws that would write crypto into the country’s legal system, open the banks for crypto startups… Read More
5th May 2021
When U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken visits Kyiv this week and meets with President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, he will seek to demonstrate strong Western support for Ukraine from the external threat of Russian aggression. Behind the scenes, however, there could be tension between the two over what Blinken often calls… Read More
4th May 2021
By Graham Stack, OCCRP, 3 May 2021 OCCRP — In the early 2010s, Petro Poroshenko — a billionaire who had just served a stint as Ukraine’s foreign minister, and would later be elected president — built a palatial estate for himself outside Kyiv. He just needed furnishings… Read More
21st April 2021
European Union foreign ministers have not so far shown appetite for a new round of economic sanctions on Russia, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Tuesday after he called for such steps at a meeting with his EU counterparts on Monday. “Sectoral sanctions are a matter of time and… Read More
21st April 2021
By Sadie Brown, OCCRP, 20 April 2021 OCCRP —  A U.S. federal judge sentenced on Friday the former systems administrator of the notorious hacking group FIN7 to 10 years in prison for his role in organizing a criminal network that stole more than a billion dollars… Read More
14th April 2021
A massive troop buildup on the border with Ukraine has turned the once unthinkable idea of U.S. sanctions on Russian sovereign debt into a real possibility for investors. Yields on ruble bonds, known as OFZs, jumped to the highest level in more than a year last week and were edging… Read More
8th April 2021
Take a couple of Ukrainian oligarchs sanctioned for alleged money laundering. Add a mix of Florida-based businessmen who employed the husband of a prominent Democratic politician. Throw in some political connections tracing back to Rudy Giuliani, former Ukrainian presidents and even the Kremlin. What you get is a tangled story… Read More
26th March 2021
By Liubomyra Remazhevska and Maksym Savchuk, OCCRP, 25 March 2021 OCCRP — In the early hours of February 27, 2014, dozens of gunmen in unmarked Russian military fatigues stormed the parliament of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula, hoisted Russian flags, and stood guard as lawmakers voted to stage a… Read More
24th March 2021
Ukraine has placed sanctions on dozens of Russian officials and entities, including businesses and media. President Volodymyr Zelenskiy signed a decree on March 23 targeting 26 foreigners and 81 legal entities, blocking their assets and restricting travel or operations in the country. The sanctions, announced after a decision by Ukraine’s… Read More