occrp partners

  • Slovak Police Must Return Reporter’s Seized Phone Immediately

    Yesterday, Slovakia’s National Crime Agency seized a mobile phone belonging to our partner, investigative reporter Pavla Holcova from the Czech Center for Investigative Reporting.

    Czech investigative journalist Pavla Holcova. Credit: Aktuality.skCzech investigative journalist Pavla Holcova. Credit: Aktuality.sk

  • A weekend in Rome with Belgrade Mayor Sinisa Mali

    Belgrade Mayor Sinisa Mali is living a life of luxury, flying business class and staying in sumptuous hotels. How he can afford it on his official salary is anyone’s guess.

    Sinisa Mali, the current (and likely future) mayor of Belgrade, appears to have had a lucrative time in office. Photo by OCCRP. Some rights reserved.Sinisa Mali, the current (and likely future) mayor of Belgrade, appears to have had a lucrative time in office. Photo by OCCRP. Some rights reserved.

  • Amid Threats to Media Freedom in Europe, OCCRP Urges Support for Independent Media in Hungary

    The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) urges support for independent media in Hungary amid mounting threats to media freedom in Europe. OCCRP expresses a deep and growing concern for challenges journalists are facing in countries that call themselves democracies: from smear campaigns to the murder of journalists on European soil.

    Photo by Seth Fogelman on UnsplashPhoto by Seth Fogelman on Unsplash

  • The Daphne Project

    Six months ago, Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was brutally killed by a car bomb just meters from her home. The investigation into her killing is ongoing, but there is little doubt that she was murdered because of her work. With a brazen, unapologetic and uncompromising style, she denounced corruption, nepotism, clientelism, and all kinds of criminal behaviors in her tiny EU member state.

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  • Vice President of Serbian Parliament has “Car Mafia” P.I. as Business Associate

    The story begins with a stolen car. It ends -- according to a new investigation by KRIK, an OCCRP partner -- with a connection to Vladimir Marinkovic, a senior legislator and vice president of the Serbian National Assembly.

    KRIK reporter Dragana Peco speaks with V.B., a victim of the “stolen car ‘finders,’” who did not want his identity revealed for fear of retribution. (Photo: KRIK)KRIK reporter Dragana Peco speaks with V.B., a victim of the “stolen car ‘finders,’” who did not want his identity revealed for fear of retribution. (Photo: KRIK)

  • Senior Moldovan Judge’s Daughter Lived In Posh London Flat -- With Tainted Money

    The central London apartment where Mihaela Muruianu once lived.The central London apartment where Mihaela Muruianu once lived.

    The daughter of a top Moldovan judge lived large in London thanks to 1.6 million lei (US$ 130,000) that was channeled through two companies involved in the Russian Laundromat -- a massive money laundering scheme that pumped billions of dollars through Moldova from Russia.

  • The Faces of the Victims of Corruption

     Corruption is everywhere. An estimated $1 trillion is paid in bribes and another $2.6 trillion is stolen worldwide every year, according to the United Nations. These incredible sums make up five percent of the world’s economy. And they mostly come out of the pockets of the poorest of the more than seven billion inhabitants of our planet.

  • Miss Venezuela Pageant: Saints and Beauty Make Toxic Mix

    “For decades, a dark cloud of sorts has hovered over the country and reality has been tainted, what was once beautiful has become horrid, what was moral has become immoral. Miss Venezuela … could be no exception, it could not save itself from this plague. Nothing could.”

    Goodbye to Miss Venezuela, a novel by Francisco Suniaga

    The 2017 Miss Venezuela pageant. (Photo: EFE news agency)The 2017 Miss Venezuela pageant. (Photo: EFE news agency)

  • Statement from OCCRP on Government Attacks on KRIK.rs

    It has come to our attention that members of the current government have launched a smearing campaign against one of the members of our network.

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  • Favoritism Shears Competitors in Georgian Sheep Industry

    Beka Gonashvili's love for Georgian folk music led him into the sheep export business nearly a decade ago. But he’s singing a sad song now, claiming that government-connected companies have driven him out of what had been a lucrative market.

    Herds of sheep in Georgia's mountainous Tusheti region (Photo: Studio Monitor)Herds of sheep in Georgia's mountainous Tusheti region. (Photo: Studio Monitor)

  • Romanian​ ​Politician Named in Scandal Hits Back at Journalists: “Peace is Over”

    The Bucharest office of RISE Project, an Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) partner, underwent an unannounced inspection by the anti-fraud bureau of Romania’s National Fiscal Agency (ANAF) even as important Romanian politicians threatened the outlet in both public and private.

    Offices from the Romanian Anti-Fraud Authority at the offices of RISE Project, OCCRP's Romanian partner, during a surprise inspection. (Photo: RISE Project)Officers from the Romanian Anti-Fraud Authority at the offices of RISE Project, OCCRP's Romanian partner, during a surprise inspection. (Photo: RISE Project)

  • Widow of Lithuania’s Former Prime Minister Investigated Over Florida Properties

    Kristina Brazauskienė, the widow of Lithuania’s former Prime Minister Algirdas Brazauskas, is under investigation for tax fraud. The investigation was launched in April after OCCRP’s Lithuanian partner, 15min.lt, disclosed hidden assets in Florida that documents indicate are owned by Brazauskienė and her family.

    1. Kristina Brazauskienė, the widow of Lithuania’s former Prime Minister. (Photo: Stop kadras)Kristina Brazauskienė, the widow of Lithuania’s former Prime Minister. (Photo: Stop kadras)

  • LAUNDROMAT: Partner Stories

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    OCCRP's months-long investigation into the vast Russian Laundromat scheme involved dozens of reporters writing for outlets around the world. These are their stories.

  • OCCRP and Partners Make 2017 European Press Prize Shortlist

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    Reporters and partners of The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) have been shortlisted for the 2017 European Press Prize, announced this week by the prize's preparatory committee, chaired by Peter Preston.

  • Croatian Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia Fuel Syrian War

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    Zagreb sold a record amount of aging weapons and ammunition to Saudi Arabia in 2016, ignoring evidence the arms are regularly being diverted to Syria.

  • Released But Not Free: Azerbaijan's Government Fails to Silence Khadija Ismayilova

    Khadija-Ismayilova-in-Baku-studioKhadija Ismayilova in Baku studio

    Khadija Ismayilova began her video conference to a room of parliamentarians in Brussels by apologizing to the people of her Baku neighborhood for losing Internet and electricity because of her.

  • OCCRP ranked 69th in Top 500 World NGOs by NGO Advisor

    The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) has been named 69th on the annual rankings of the Top 500 World NGOs—the highest ranking media/journalism non-governmental organization on the NGO Advisor list.

  • In Sicily, Anti-Mafia Skills Used in the Fight Against People Smugglers

    Minutes after being saved by the crew of the  rescue vessel Topaz Responder in late November, Mohamed , an asylum seeker from Cote d’Ivoire collapsed on the deck as he recounted the journey that brought him through Africa, into the Mediterranean, and to the edge of a watery death.

    Asylum seekers, mostly from Eritrea, disembark in Palermo, Sicily (Photo: Valentino Bellini)Asylum seekers, mostly from Eritrea, disembark in Palermo, Sicily (Photo: Valentino Bellini)

  • Serbia’s Deadly Mix: Football, Politics and Crime

    On the night of Oct. 13, 2016, Aleksandar Stankovic’s car pulled toward an intersection in Serbia’s capital, Belgrade, sliding to a halt beside a darkened BMW where two men sat inside unseen, cradling automatic weapons.

    FK Partizan supporters light flares in the stands during a match in Belgrade (Photo: Aubrey Belford)FK Partizan supporters light flares in the stands during a match in Belgrade (Photo: Aubrey Belford)

  • Poroshenko Tied to Airline that May Have Helped Yanukovych Cronies Flee

    A secretive VIP jet charter business that may have helped officials flee Ukraine as the government of Viktor Yanukovych collapsed appears closely linked to the business empire of current Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

     Business Airlines flew Liliia Kononenko, right, and fellow members of Ukraine’s national 10-pin bowling team to tournaments. Kononenko’s husband is a business partner of President Petro Poroshenko.

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