Serbia

  • Court: Serbian Minister Must Return Illegally Acquired Land

    The Appellate Court in Belgrade upheld a verdict ordering former mayor and current Minister of Finance Sinisa Mali to return illegally acquired land back to the government, KRIK reported Thursday. 

  • Serbian Journalist Found, Details On Disappearance Elusive

    Serbian journalist Stefan Cvetkovic, who was reported missing on June 13 and was found two days later, said he will request an international investigation into what he claims was his abduction. Police, however, say his claims are false.

  • How Serbia’s Health Minister Helped a Criminal Avoid Trial

    Petar Panic, also known as “Pana,” is a one-eyed Serbian mobster with a rich criminal history and friends in the right places.

    Panic once served as a bodyguard for Vojislav Seselj, the leader of the ultra-nationalist Serbian Radical Party, who was recently convicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) for crimes against humanity.

    A new investigation by KRIK, a partner of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) shows the extent of Panic’s ties to Serbia’s powerful and controversial Minister of Health, Zlatibor Loncar.

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  • Serbian Journalist Stefan Cvetkovic Reported Missing

    Serbian journalist Stefan Cvetkovic, known for criticizing local authorities, was reported missing Wednesday evening from the Vojvodina town of Bela Crkva in Serbia. His car was left running with the door open and the lights on.

  • 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.

  • 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)

  • Serbia’s Corrupt Politicians Need not Fear the Prosecutor

    Serbia’s leading politicians are no strangers to being probed for their illicit wealth and shady financial dealings. Yet despite investigation after investigation by journalists and anti-corruption watchdogs (accompanied by page after page of evidence), the country’s prosecutors have shown a remarkable disinterest in taking action.

    Man passes by Serbia’s high court in Belgrade, Serbia November 14, 2017. Photo (c): Reuters / Djordje KojadinovicMan passes by Serbia’s high court in Belgrade, Serbia November 14, 2017. Photo (c): Reuters / Djordje Kojadinovic.

  • The Mayor of Belgrade’s Multiplying Bank Accounts

    Most of us may need one or two bank accounts. But Sinisa Mali, the mayor of Belgrade, appears to have had control over 45, according to a report obtained by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and Serbian investigative journalism outlet KRIK.

    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.

  • Serbia’s Prosecutor Dismisses Case Against Minister

    The police report Prosecutor Tamara Ristic received this summer, regarding the source of the money with which Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin bought his Belgrade apartment, did not reveal much.

  • Serbia: Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin Can’t Explain Origins of US$ 245,000 in Cash

    Serbia’s Defense Minister, Aleksandar Vulin, told the country’s anti-corruption agency that his wife’s aunt from Canada lent the couple US$ 245,000 to buy their Belgrade apartment, but submitted unconvincing evidence for his claim, Crime and Corruption Reporting Network (KRIK) reported Monday.

  • 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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  • Serbia: Land Illegally Acquired by Belgrade Mayor Returned to State

    By Bojana Pavlović, Nataša Marković

    A Serbian court ruled that ten hectares of land illegally acquired by Belgrade’s mayor and his father 12 years ago must be returned to the state, KRIK reported Monday.

  • Serbian President’s Party Tied to Football Hooligans

    The official photos of the May 31 inauguration of Aleksandar Vucic present an idyllic scene  --  for good reason.

    Even as Serbia’s new president pledged to do his utmost to preserve “human and minorities’ rights and freedoms,” men outside the building were forcefully removing inconvenient protesters and journalists.

    Young men assault anti-Vucic protesters during the new Serbian president's inauguration ceremony on June 23. (Photo: E-stock.us/Aleksandar Bačlija)Young men assault anti-Vucic protesters during the new Serbian president's inauguration ceremony on May 31. (Photo: E-stock.us/Aleksandar Bačlija)

  • Serbia/Montenegro: Only Four Gang-related Murders Solved in Five Years

    Authorities in Serbia and Montenegro have in the past five years solved only four out of 83 murders that appear to be gang-related, Serbia’s Crime and Corruption Reporting Network, KRIK, said Monday.

  • Report: Albanian Gangs "Control" the UK Drug Trafficking Market

    Violent Albanian crime groups are exerting "considerable control" over the drug market in the UK, while gangs from Serbia and Turkey dominate maritime cocaine trafficking routes, according to a report by the National Crime Agency (NCA) releasedWednesday.

  • Leaked Documents Show Russian, Serbian Attempts to Meddle in Macedonia

    Secret intelligence documents obtained by OCCRP and partners show how Russian and Serbian operatives in Macedonia have worked to pry the fragile Balkan nation away from the West.

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  • Bulgaria, Turkey and France Arrest 22 for Trafficking Ancient Antiques into Western Europe

    Authorities across Bulgaria, Turkey and France have arrested 22 people for illegally excavating ancient antiques and trafficking them into Western Europe, Bulgarian authorities said Friday.

  • The Coyote’s Trail: A Machine Gun’s Path from Serbia to Syria

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    How a batch of heavy machine guns travelled illegally from a Serbian state-owned factory to Syrian rebels via a Bulgarian arms tycoon and a Saudi military base manned by US intelligence personnel.

  • Serbia Arrests 53 in Major Anti-Corruption Campaign

    Police in Serbia have arrested 53 people, including police and agricultural ministry staff, suspected of having stolen more than €10 million (US$ 10.5 million), the interior minister said Wednesday.

  • Despite Hype, Numbers Show Serbia’s Stalling Anti-Corruption Fight

    Belgrade's High Court (Photo: Milica Stojanovic)Belgrade's High Court (Photo: Milica Stojanovic)

    On the early morning of Dec. 12, 2012, police came to the home of Miroslav Miskovic, one of Serbia’s most prominent businessmen, and escorted him into a car as cameras rolled. In no time, his arrest on allegations of corruption that cost the state €33 million (US$ 34.47 million) was breaking news on every Serbian television station and web portal.

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