European countries have recently resumed imports of phosphate — a key ingredient in fertilizer — from Syria. The trade enriches sanctioned oligarchs, war profiteers, and the Syrian government, but has continued thanks to legal loopholes.
Read more: A ‘Bloody’ Trade: Inside the Murky Supply Chain Bringing Syrian Phosphates Into Europe
Iraqi tycoon Nizar Hanna Nasri sits atop an empire spanning pharmaceuticals, liquor imports, and some of Erbil’s most spectacular real estate developments. But his success was built on a far less visible foundation: A globe-spanning trade in black-market cigarettes.
Read more: Smoke and Mirrors: How the “Father” of Iraq’s Cigarette Smugglers Built An Empire
With the help of Saddam Hussein’s son, Iraqi cigarette tycoon Waheb Tabra made a fortune smuggling cigarettes in the 1990s. Since the U.S. invasion, he has become a symbol of Iraq’s political corruption while dealing with everyone from top politicians to the Islamic State.
Read more: “A Capitalist to the Heart”: An Iraqi Tobacco Tycoon Thrived in the Chaos of Sanctions and War
Russian journalist Roman Anin, the editor in chief of Important Stories (IStories), will participate in a live webinar on July 19 to share insights and answer questions about his experience investigating Russia from exile.
Read more: Reporting from Exile: A Webinar with Russian Journalist Roman Anin
Leaked documentation from construction companies reveals the lavish details of a property linked to Putin.
Read more: “Putin’s Dacha” on Lake Ladoga is Growing Under Supervision of Non-Profit Linked to LLCInvest
A Russian state-backed shipping company sanctioned by the U.S. and EU in February continues to deliver crude oil to European ports, analysis of company records and live ship tracking shows. Experts say the company disguised its ownership of the vessels by basing subsidiaries in Cyprus and the United Arab Emirates and sailing under Liberian flags.
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Read more: Russian Tankers Delivering Oil to EU Ports Despite Sanctions
Environmentalists warn Vlora airport will irreparably damage a key Mediterranean wetland. Questions are also being raised about the politically connected consortium behind the lucrative airport deal.
Read more: New Albanian Airport Raises Cronyism, Environment Concerns
An email domain not visible to the public — LLCInvest.ru — helped reporters uncover a group of interconnected companies that hold palaces, resorts, yachts, jets, and bank accounts full of cash.
Read more: Mysterious Group of Companies Tied to Bank Rossiya Unites Billions of Dollars in Assets Connected...
Sibur, one of Russia’s largest companies, has previously unknown involvement with two properties that have been linked to President Putin, one in Russia’s far northwest and the other on the sunny shores of the Black Sea.
Read more: ‘We Cannot Use It’: Leaked E-Mails Show How Russian Petrochemical Giant Sibur Paid For Villa...
Leaked documents show how Kevin and Ian Maxwell, brothers of disgraced heiress Ghislaine, used a Jersey trust to hide their business activities and finances.
Read more: Jersey Tax Shelter Leak Exposes Wall Street Trading Activities of Ghislaine Maxwell’s Family