Tag: Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP)

Top defectors reveal ‘systematic’ torture, kleptocracy and Cuban control in Venezuela

     

  Venezuelan Socialist Party Vice President Diosdado Cabello on Saturday predicted U.S. Marines will “likely” enter the South American country, speaking a week after a confrontation between aircraft belonging to… Read more »

West’s democracies ‘fighting yesterday’s war’ against Russian disinformation & malign influence

     

The United States has “fallen behind” in addressing the threat of foreign disinformation, but it is not too late to change course and adopt a more proactive approach, a Capitol… Read more »

Disinformation vs. ‘new frontier in terms of internet activism’

     

United States officials say they intercepted communications in June showing that Greek-Russian billionaire Ivan Savvidis was working as Russia’s conduit to undermine an agreement between Greece and Macedonia that would… Read more »

Is the West facilitating Russia’s kleptocracy?

     

In 2013, a whistleblower informed Denmark’s largest bank that members of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s family, and a group of accused money launderers, were using the bank’s branch in Estonia… Read more »

Canada passes ‘Global Magnitsky’, Russia threatens retaliation

     

A bill targeting foreign nationals who have committed human rights violations has passed final reading in Canada’s Senate, writes Leslie Young of Investigative Global News: Bill S-226, which has now… Read more »

Azerbaijan authorities deny ‘laundromat’ slush fund

     

Azerbaijan‘s government has denied reports that the ruling kleptocracy used a secret $2.9 billion slush fund for years to pay off European politicians and make luxury purchases, RFE/RL reports: The… Read more »

‘Azerbaijani Laundromat’ exposes kleptocratic ruling clique

     

Azerbaijan’s ruling elite operated a secret $2.8bn (£2.2bn) slush fund for two years to pay off European politicians and make luxury purchases, the BBC reports: The money was allegedly channelled… Read more »

Kleptocracy ‘not a domestic problem’: corruption’s devastating consequences

     

Massive protests in Venezuela, Tunisia, Brazil, Morocco, and the Dominican Republic [and Slovakia, left] over the last few weeks have highlighted political graft around the globe, and the ensuing instability… Read more »

Russia’s anti-corruption protests ‘likely to be large’ as ‘Laundromat’ highlights kleptocratic rule

     

Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny today declined Moscow city authorities’ proposal to hold an anti-corruption rally on 26 March in the Lyublino or Sokolniki districts of the capital, instead calling… Read more »

Drugs trial exposes Venezuela’s kleptocratic elite

     

When a US federal judge sentences two Venezuelan drug smugglers, perhaps later this month, it will mark the final chapter of a story worthy of the Netflix series “Narcos,” say… Read more »