Macedonia: Mystery Prosecutor, Big Job

In a survey published Thursday, Nov. 19, 33 percent of respondents believed that the new special prosecutor appointed to investigate allegations against the Macedonia's political elite will be able to do her job independently and without obstruction – while 28 percent said she won’t.

New special prosecutor Katica Janeva (pictured) is a woman whose task - to untangle  accusations arising from an incendiary series of leaked 'wiretaps' - is truly great.

But what do we know about her?

Islam Karimov Ufa

Uzbekistan: After Karimov, A Struggle for the Spoils

On Sept. 2, Uzbek authorities confirmed the death of President Islam Karimov, the strongman who ruled the country for 25 years. The announcement came after nearly a week of official denials of media reports of his passing, reflecting the secretive nature of the Central Asian country.


Macedonia's Snap Election: The Tale of Two Skopjes

OCCRP takes a look at the reasons behind recent turmoil in Macedonia.

Picture the scene. A mass of people sprawl around the base of a stage. Bare-armed, they sit, stand, drink from water bottles in the lazy heat. It's May 19th.

Young men play soccer at the side of the crowd. A band plays Bob Marley's Redemption Song; as it comes to an end, the audience begins to chant. "Without justice, there is no peace!"

They demand the resignation of Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, a man accused of corruption – including an allegation that he illegally wiretapped 20,000 of his own citizens.