Washington added more sanctions last week on Venezuela and two of its key allies, Nicaragua and Cuba, as the Trump administration ramps up its efforts to push Venezuela’s leader Nicolas Maduro out of office.
The United States imposed sanctions on Venezuela’s state-run gold mining company on Tuesday, accusing it of illicitly propping up the government of President Maduro.
Ugandan authorities are investigating unexplained imports of 7.4 tonnes of gold worth US$300 million that is suspected of originating with President Maduro’s regime in Venezuela.
A prominent Venezuelan journalist who had been reporting on the country’s political crisis was released from detention by authorities late Tuesday after spending over 24 hours in lockup.
OCCRP’s Bulgarian partner Bivol has identified a Bulgarian lawyer as the owner of a bank account allegedly used to launder hundreds of millions of dirty dollars on behalf of Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro.
U.S. prosecutors in Houston unsealed part of an indictment on Monday, revealing corruption allegations against five former Venezuelan officials in connection with what appears to be a major bribery scheme at Venezuela’s state-run oil giant Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA), the Department of Justice said.
Four Venezuelan journalists have fled the country after being threatened and sued for reporting irregularities in food distribution companies linked to the Maduro government, reports El PAIS.
Venezuela’s assembly banned Nicolas Maduro’s petro cryptocurrency Tuesday, declaring it an attempt to illegally mortgage the country’s oil reserves in a time of financial crisis, reports Reuters.
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