In a first-of-its-kind legal challenge to overturn his sanctioning in the U.K., businessman Eugene Shvidler argued he did not financially benefit from his relationship with Kremlin-linked oligarch Roman Abramovich. But leaked files show Shvidler received hundreds of millions of dollars in loans from the former Chelsea FC owner via offshore companies.
Read more: Sanctioned Businessman Denied Financial Ties to Kremlin-Linked Oligarch Roman Abramovich — But...
Roman Abramovich acquired the economic rights to multiple young football players via contracts that have since been banned by FIFA. Experts said the FIFA ban may have been breached in two cases. One of these players said he felt he was treated as a commodity and lost control over his career.
Read more: Abramovich Signed Football Players to “Modern Slavery” Deals that May Breach FIFA Rules
November 10, 2023 - A civil court in Skopje, North Macedonia has ruled against OCCRP member center Investigative Reporting Lab (IRL) and its editor in chief, Saska Cvetkovska, in a defamation case brought by businessman Kocho Angjushev. The court ordered IRL and Cvetkovska to pay €1 in damages, as well as both sides' legal costs.
IRL Editor-in-Chief Saska Cvetkovska (center) gives a statement in front of the court after the ruling. She is accompanied by representatives of press freedom media organizations and the Association of Journalists of Macedonia. Photo: Аssociation of Journalists of Macedonia.
Read more: Dangerous Judicial Ruling Against OCCRP Member Center in North Macedonia Erodes Protection for...
Former Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich’s offshore companies made backchannel payments worth tens of millions of dollars to football agents, clubs, scouts and directors, leaked documents reveal.
Read more: Abramovich’s Secret Football Payments May Have Breached Financial Fair Play Rules
New insights into how Cyprus has catered to the rich and powerful — especially Russian oligarchs who used its service industry to manage their affairs.
Read more: Cyprus Confidential
Leaked documents show staff at PwC Cyprus hurried to restructure companies belonging to Russian oligarchs as the prospect of sanctions loomed. Now Cyprus says it is investigating one case in which PwC staff appeared to work on the transfer of an oligarch’s assets in the days after he was sanctioned by the EU.
Read more: Cyprus Wing of Auditing Giant PwC May Have Breached Sanctions in Work for Oligarch
In 2021, Colombian authorities seized a large shipment of illegal shark fins destined for Hong Kong. A company owned by the son of the former head of the Cali Cartel had sent the package to Bogotá.
Read more: Illegal Shark Fin Bust Leads to Company Owned by Colombian Drug Lord’s Son
After emerging from a Venezuelan prison, the ‘Tren de Aragua’ gang has spread to half a dozen countries, bringing kidnapping, drug trafficking, and contract killings with it. Now, there are signs the gang may also be spreading to the U.S.
Read more: The Rapid Rise of Venezuela’s ‘Tren de Aragua’ Gang Leaves Destruction and Death in Its Wake
Since OCCRP published an investigation in August that uncovered potentially controversial shareholders in India’s third-largest conglomerate, reporters who worked on the story have been targeted with state intimidation and surveillance attempts.
OCCRP partner journalists Ravi Nair and Anand Mangnale.
Read more: Indian Journalists Targeted with State Intimidation and Spyware
This week, OCCRP and 40 media partners published “NarcoFiles: The New Criminal Order,” a major project that shed new light on the inner workings of modern-day organized crime in Latin America.
Read more: OCCRP Discussion on ‘NarcoFiles’: Journalists Talk Investigating Latin American Organized Crime