A mysterious woman negotiates state contracts for a major security company and owns firms that do lucrative business with the help of Russia’s Interior Ministry. Sources say she was once the romantic partner of Viktor Zolotov, Putin’s former top bodyguard and now the head of Russia’s National Guard.
Read more: 'I Already Knew Who Was Behind Her': A Mysterious Woman, a Top Russian Official, and Contracts...
Gabon's ruling Bongo family and their inner circle have bought at least seven properties worth over US$4.2 million in and near the U.S. capital, a destination whose real estate has long attracted African dictators.
Read more: Gabon’s First Family Stashed Cash in DC Property
A small Russian-owned real estate investment company based in Cyprus leaves an unusually large footprint in stories about global crime and politics.
Read more: Prevezon Holdings: The Black Money Collector
A money launderer told journalists what he knew about a secretive smuggling empire and a senior Kyrygz official who enabled it. Now, leaked documents shed light on his shocking murder.
Read more: 'His Murder Is Necessary': Man Who Exposed Kyrgyz Smuggling Scheme Was Hunted by Contract Killers
After a Turkish conglomerate won a major contract to build a dam in Azerbaijan, a mysterious $3 million was sent to an offshore firm — which then bought the luxurious London flat where an Azeri official’s son was living.
Read more: Luxury London Residence of Azerbaijan Official’s Son Purchased With Mysterious Payment to Shell...
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Hunter Biden’s longtime business partner, Devon Archer, secured nearly $3 million for a technology investment fund from a Syrian-Ukrainian businessman accused of ties to organized crime. The fund was later shut down after Archer was arrested.
Read more: Hunter Biden Partner Secured Millions for Fund from Businessman with Reputed Organized Crime Ties
Taxpayers were forced to shoulder some of the burden of salvaging Darko Horvat’s business empire after it collapsed under more than $340 million in debt. Horvat, who stepped away from his businesses in 2009, has faded from the public scene — but he didn’t leave a poor man.
Read more: As a Slovenian Tycoon’s Empire Crumbled, His Bank Accounts Swelled
He allegedly used a network of secretive trust funds, investigated for money laundering and masking payments for public officials.
Read more: How an Irrepressible Serbian Arms Dealer Found a Conduit to Saudi Arabia through Qatar
As Ivory Coast descended into a violent political crisis, Semlex and Gunvor tried to help its pariah regime buy weapons in violation of a U.N. arms embargo.
Read more: How Semlex and Gunvor Armed the Ivorian Civil War