Once responsible just for his physical security, President Putin’s bodyguards now have impressive titles — and land worth many millions in Russia’s most expensive region. The workers and pensioners who previously held the property say they were swindled out of it.
Illustration: Natalya Yamshchikova
Read more: Putin’s Bodyguards Rewarded with Land and Power
A globe-spanning panel of nine experts on organized crime, corruption and terrorism will select the 2018 Person of the Year in Organized Crime and Corruption for the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP).
Read more: Nominations Open for 2018 Person of the Year in Organized Crime and Corruption
Documents obtained by Reuters and the Daphne Project show two Panamanian companies owned by two Maltese politicians – one the Energy Minister and one the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff – expected to get payments from an offshore company connected to the man who won a key government concession to build a large power plant.
Read more: Mystery Company Named by Murdered Maltese Journalist Linked to Power Station Developer
RISE Project, an award-winning investigative journalism outlet in Romania and OCCRP’s partner, was ordered Thursday by the Romanian Data Protection Authority (ANSPDCP) to reveal its sources under the threat of a fine of up to €20 million based on the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) directive 679/2016.
Read more: OCCRP Strongly Objects to Romania’s Misuse of GDPR to Muzzle Media
Organized criminals as well as ordinary citizens have cause to guard their privacy with encryption. With governments increasingly resorting to digital surveillance, people on both sides of the line between right and wrong are using it.
Encrypted message (Photo:OCCRP)
Read more: Encryption: A Godsend to All Who Seek Privacy, Even Criminals
A suspect in the brutal rape and murder of a Bulgarian journalist has been apprehended. But questions remain about whether Viktoria Marinova’s coverage of a procurement scandal was the real reason for her killing.
Viktoria Marinova (Photo: Facebook)
Read more: A Scandal, a Murder, and a Mystery in Bulgaria
Seven months ago, three employees of the Ecuadorian newspaper El Comercio were abducted in the Mataje River region on the border between Ecuador and Colombia. After almost three weeks in captivity, reporter Javier Ortega, photographer Paul Rivas, and their driver, Efrain Segarra, were executed by the Oliver Sinisterra Front, a group of former FARC guerillas and drug traffickers who operate in this lawless jungle.
Read more: Death On The Border
Stanko Subotic, a businessman twice indicted for cigarette smuggling and known for his links to an alleged drug lord, is set to make millions from the expansion of Belgrade's airport.
Belgrade’s Nikola Tesla airport. (Photo: KRIK)
Read more: Serbian Businessman With Organized Crime Ties to Profit Big in Airport Deal
How a small firm of wealth advisers built up a $3 billion “golden passports” industry and gained influence in the Caribbean.
Christian Kalin, founder of Henley & Partners, talks about press coverage of the citizenship by investment industry in an April 2018 interview. (Credit: YouTube)
Read more: The Passport King who Markets Citizenship for Cash
“Citizenship for sale” has come under increasing scrutiny from governments and security agencies.
EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova speaking in an interview with AFP this year. (Credit: YouTube)
Read more: “Golden Passports” Threaten European Security, Warns EU Commissioner