Initially, museum administrators said that only a few worthless objects had been lost. Then, in an earlier investigation, OCCRP and Kloop found dozens more. New documents show the true number is in the many hundreds — and officials still aren’t talking.
Kyrgyzstan’s National Historical Museum (Photo: Azat Ruziev/Kloop)
Read more: Kyrgyzstan: Confidential Documents Show Authorities Covered Up Destruction of Hundreds of...
In late 2019, a financial crisis led Lebanese banks to block most depositors from withdrawing or transferring U.S. dollars. But the central bank governor’s son was able to move more than $6.5 million overseas, leaked documents show.
Read more: Lebanon Central Bank Governor’s Son Moved Millions Abroad While Lebanese Watched Blocked Savings...
Catalonian leaders referred to the man who offered them troops and money to secede from Spain as “Putin’s envoy.” Reporters identified him as Nikolai Sadovnikov, a longtime diplomat who reportedly worked as a strategic adviser to the Russian foreign minister.
Read more: Fueling Secession, Promising Bitcoins: How a Russian Operator Urged Catalonian Leaders to Break...
Municipalities from the Czech Republic to Greece are signing partnership agreements with tobacco giant Philip Morris International, in violation of international anti-smoking treaties.
Read more: ‘Smoke-Free’ Cities and Islands — Sponsored by Philip Morris
OCCRP journalists will share insights and answer questions about their experiences with “strategic lawsuits against public participation” (also known as SLAPPs) in a live webinar on May 10.
Read more: SLAPP Webinar: OCCRP editors discuss how frivolous lawsuits hurt journalism
Russian politicians under Western sanctions, financial criminals, and corrupt European officials all own real estate in the emirate, which attracts investors with liberal residency rules and a ‘few questions asked’ approach to regulation.
Read more: Dubai Uncovered: Data Leak Exposes How Criminals, Officials, and Sanctioned Politicians Poured...
Indian tycoon Yogesh Mehta has made a fortune with Petrochem, his Dubai-based petrochemicals distributor. But one aspect of that business empire has remained hidden from public view: A trade in sanctioned Iranian goods.
Read more: Below the Radar: How an Indian Tycoon’s Petrochemicals Empire Quietly Dodged Iran Sanctions
RCB Bank was set up and owned by a Russian bank dubbed Putin’s “piggy bank." Despite making moves to obscure its Russian ties following the invasion of Ukraine, current and former RCB executives have ties to the Kremlin and acquired Cypriot passports under dubious circumstances.
Read more: The Kremlin Connections Behind Cyprus’s RCB Bank
Global Network Expands in Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Bulgaria, and Croatia.
Read more: OCCRP Welcomes Five New Member Centers in Central Asia, Europe
The Russian army, considered one of the strongest in the world, has suddenly found itself bogged down in Ukraine. How can corruption, which Moscow has been fighting for decades, help explain the quagmire?
A ZIL-130 truck after the destruction of a convoy of Russian vehicles in the Kharkiv region at the end of March 2022 (Photo: Twitter / @UAWeapons)
Read more: A Most Reliable Ally: How Corruption in the Russian Military Could Save Ukraine