As Zimbabweans faced the economic consequences of a crashing currency, well-connected businessman Kudakwashe Tagwirei skirted the rules to convert government-backed securities into scarce U.S. dollars —which he used to acquire shares in a lucrative platinum mine.
Read more: As U.S. Sanctions Loomed, a Tycoon ‘Mopped Up’ Zimbabwe’s Scarce Dollars, and Acquired a Lucrative...
The politician appears to have held a valuable oilfield through an offshore shell company owned by a proxy.
Read more: Leak Suggests Ukrainian Pro-Kremlin Politician Secretly Benefited from Russian Oil Field Sale
The European Union has praised Serbia for its commitment to “fundamental reforms,” and the country’s drive for membership is grinding forward. Meanwhile, a campaign of pressure and intimidation against independent journalists is ramping up in Belgrade.
Credit: Oliver Bunić (NIN)
Read more: Serbian Investigative Journalists Are Fighting to Stay Alive. Will Europe Hear Them?
Bringing drug kingpins to face justice in the U.S. has long been seen as a key part of Washington’s anti-cartel arsenal. Behind the showy press conferences for bosses like El Chapo, experts say, lies a cottage industry of expensive lawyers and opportunistic traffickers looking for a way out.
Read more: An Addictive War: How Cartel Bosses are Playing the U.S. Justice System
As their once-lush region runs dry, farmers in a Coahuilan wetland allege misconduct by huge dairy firms and Mexico’s state water agency.
Read more: Mexico’s Dairy Industry Is Destroying An Oasis That May Hold the Key to the Origins of Life
The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) welcomes U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s call today for increased global support for the Global Anti-Corruption Consortium (GACC).
Read more: U.S. Calls for Increased Support for OCCRP's Global Anti-Corruption Consortium
Three frivolous lawsuits known as SLAPPS have been filed in the past month against OCCRP’s Serbian member center KRIK, making a total of 10 legal actions currently facing the Belgrade-based investigative media outlet. These SLAPPS, short for “strategic lawsuits against public participation,” which are brought against journalists in order to silence them, appear to be part of a coordinated campaign by political powers to weaken KRIK and further quash independent media in the country.
The team of journalists at KRIK. Credit: Oliver Bunic (NIN)
Read more: Cascade of Frivolous Lawsuits Endangers Top Serbian Investigative Journalism Outlet KRIK
An investigation by OCCRP, Law&Crime and the Miami Herald found that Zarrab remains connected to his former criminal network and has received multiple questionable wire transfers from Turkey. Using fake identities, he’s invested in thoroughbred horses and a palatial equestrian facility, entering an industry rife with fraud and money laundering.
Read more: Notorious Money Launderer Reza Zarrab’s Lavish Life and New Business in Miami
A former deputy chief of staff for Russian leader Vladimir Putin, as well as a wealthy Russian businessman with reputed organized crime ties, were secretly involved in the illegal leasing of a lagoon for tourist developments in the Maldives, newly leaked documents show.
Read more: Pandora Papers Unveil Ex-Putin Aide, Indian Businessmen Behind Maldives Island Scandal Deals
Drew Sullivan and Paul Radu will share insights and answer questions about the constantly evolving world of transnational crime and corruption on December 15, from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. EST.
Read more: The Year Ahead in Global Crime and Corruption: OCCRP Co-Founders Drew Sullivan and Paul Radu...