• What Slovakia Showed Us

    In Slovakia’s Feb. 29 election, a long-time ruling party widely considered massively corrupt was shown the door. But the outrage over Ján Kuciak's murder may have led to more fundamental changes beneath the surface.

  • Angered by Murder of Journalist, Slovaks Elect Anti-Graft Party

    Slovaks elected an anti-corruption party on Saturday following a two-years-long political turmoil that erupted after the murder of investigative journalistJán Kuciak which exposed the connections between the ruling Smer party andbusinessmen involved in fraud and tax evasion.

  • Kočner’s World

    Slovakian businessman Marian Kočner is on trial for ordering the murder of a young investigative journalist. New documents obtained from the investigation show how, for decades, he used cash and kompromat to bend the country’s judicial system to his will.


  • Slovakia: Kuciak Killers Planned Other Hits, Says Witness

    Jan Kuciak wasn’t the only person notorious businessman Marian Kočner and his associate Alena Zsuzsová wanted to see dead, according to the explosive testimony of the only person convicted so far of involvement in the killing of the young Slovak journalist.

  • Press Freedom and Corruption in the Dock

    What you need to know about Slovakia’s ‘historic’ trial for the murder of Jan Kuciak

  • Slovakia: Tears Mark Second Day of Kuciak Trial

    “I would like to ask the defendants: who gave them the right to touch the lives of our children? The defendants also have children — daughters.”

  • Slovakia: One of Four Kuciak Murder Suspects Pleads Guilty

    One of the four suspects accused of killing Slovak journalist Ján Kuciak pleaded guilty to murder on Monday at the start of a landmark criminal trial seen as a test of Slovakia’s readiness to try alleged organized crime figures with political connections.

  • Accomplice in Murder of Slovak Journalist Sentenced to 15 Years

    A Slovakian court sentenced a middleman in the murder of journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiance Martina Kušnírová to 15 years in prison on Monday, marking the beginning of a judicial process seen by some as a test of the strength of the court system against the interests of the rich and politically connected.

  • Accused Murderer of Slovak Journalist Ján Kuciak Sanctioned by US

    On International Human Rights Day Tuesday, the United States Treasury announced sanctions against Marian Kočner, a controversial businessman facing trial in Slovakia later this month for his alleged leading role in the murders of investigative journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiance Martina Kušnírová. 

  • CEO of Slovak National Lottery Tipos Charged with Money Laundering

    Slovak authorities have charged two employees of the state-run Tipos national lottery on charges of violating their duties and money laundering, theSlovak Spectator reported. 

  • Video Shows Slovak Ex-Prosecutor Working With Alleged Murderer

    Leaked footage obtained by OCCRP shows Slovakia’s former Prosecutor General Dobroslav Trnka setting up a camera in what is believed to be his office with someone who appears to be controversial businessman and murder suspect Marian Kočner

  • Slovakia Indicts Alleged Killers of Journalist Jan Kuciak

    Slovakia’s Special Prosecutor’s Office indicted four people on Monday for the murder of  investigative journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancee Martina Kusnirova last year, Slovakmedia reported.

  • Slovakia Busts Biggest Illegal Cigarettes Racket In C. Europe

    Slovakian police detained 45 suspects and seized nearly 13 million cigarettes, 22 tons of tobacco and three illegal tobacco factories in what authorities called the largest illegal cigarette manufacturing bust in Central Europe, the country’s financial authority reported on Wednesday.

  • Czech Weapons end up in Azerbaijan Despite Embargo

    Violating an international arms embargo, companies in the Czech Republic and Slovakia - also known as the Czechoslovak Group - have knowingly supplied Azerbaijan with weapons, claims anInvestigace report that was published this week.

  • EU Concerned with Eroding Rule of Law in the Union

    Members of the European Parliament passed on Thursday a resolution condemning the eroding rule of law across the bloc, and calling for continued investigation of the murders of two journalists affiliated with OCCRP in the past two years.

  • Questions Linger After Indictment in Slovak Journalist’s Murder

    A wealthy Slovak businessman is accused of ordering the murder of a Slovak journalist and his fiancee last year. But questions remain about what powerful former officials may have known.


  • The Cocaine Cowboys

    Calabrian expat Antonino Vadalà was already a wealthy man with a successful cattle business in Slovakia when he bought his way into the ‘Ndrangheta, Italy’s most powerful mafia, and opened a new cocaine-trafficking route into southern Europe. Here’s how he did it — and how the cops shut it down.

  • How Ján and Martina Died

    One year ago, a killer snuffed out the lives of an investigative journalist working on one of the biggest stories of his career and the woman he intended to marry. In day-by-day detail, OCCRP outlines how the assassinations transpired and what happened in the aftermath.

  • Unfinished Lives, Unfinished Justice

    One year ago, a former policeman slipped into the home investigative journalist Ján Kuciak shared with his fiancee, Martina Kušnírová, and shot them both at close range, authorities say.


  • Slovakia’s President Calls Out State for Mafia Cover-Up

    The Slovakian government covered up EU fund misappropriation schemes exposed by murdered journalist Jan Kuciak, President Andrej Kiska said in anopen letter on Monday.

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