Italian far-right politicians and businessmen accepted sponsored trips to Crimea arranged by a Russian influence group, effectively recognizing Moscow’s occupation of the Ukrainian region as legitimate.
Read more: Italian Politicians and Big Business Bought into Russian Occupation of Crimea
A secretive Moscow group cultivated ties with Cypriot politicians and successfully pushed through a motion in Cyprus’s parliament calling for an end to EU sanctions against Russia. Russian-Cypriot businessman Dmitry Kozlov, who developed links with top politicians and even set up a political party in Cyprus, played a key role in these machinations.
Read more: How a Russian Influence Group Infiltrated Cypriot Party Politics
For years, a secret organization run from inside Russia’s parliament successfully interfered with European policies on occupied Ukraine. Leaked emails give a new overview of the operation and show how European Union politicians who helped push Moscow’s agenda were offered cash and perks.
Read more: Kremlin-Linked Group Arranged Payments to European Politicians to Support Russia’s Annexation of...
Until last year, Rovnag Abdullayev headed Azerbaijan’s state oil company, SOCAR, where he made a modest official salary. Yet his son Rashad purchased an ultra-expensive property in London’s Grosvenor Square at the age of 25.
Read more: Son of Longtime Azerbaijani Oil Official Owns Luxurious London Flat Worth Over $20 Million
Credit Suisse loaned hundreds of millions of dollars to Abramovich’s offshore companies, which used U.S. stocks as collateral, two new leaks reveal. The secretly-owned firms loaned each other massive sums that were mysteriously returned or written off, in what experts said could be a scheme to obscure the origin of the funds.
Read more: Credit Suisse Banked Abramovich Fortune Held in Secret Offshore Companies
One of the most effective ways to hide your ownership of valuable assets is to get someone – or something – to stand in as your “proxy.” Bad actors make regular use of these representatives to stash illicit wealth and move it around the world.
Read more: FAQ: What's a Proxy? Using Relatives, Shell Companies, and Other Stand-Ins to Hide Illicit Wealth
Turkish businessman Emin Uchar has made a fortune in Nakhchivan, an autonomous Azerbaijani territory between Iran, Turkey, and Armenia. New documents and interviews provide evidence he may have acted as a proxy for the family of autocrat Vasif Talibov, who ruled Nakhchivan for 27 years before resigning on December 21.
Read more: Azerbaijani Strongman’s Business Partner Builds Property Empire in Georgia
Mohammed Abdus Sobhan Miah worked as a cab driver, pizza cook, and drugstore clerk while living in New York City, but a few years after returning to Bangladesh to serve as an aide to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, he started secretly snapping up properties in the city worth millions.
Read more: Bangladeshi Politician Close to Prime Minister Hasina Secretly Owns Over $4 Million in New York...
Anti-organized crime prosecutors are investigating China Tobacco in Romania for possible links to smuggling by organized crime groups.
Read more: Romanian Prosecutors Probe China Tobacco for Millions of ‘Disappeared’ Cigarettes
In late 2022, the European Union's top court struck a major blow to ownership transparency. What does it mean for journalists and anti-corruption campaigners?
Read more: FAQ: The EU Ruling on Ownership Transparency and What It Means for Journalists