A company owned by a Lithuanian businessman who allegedly was part of a network that laundered money looted by the dictator of Equatorial Guinea has donated funds for the construction of the third highest church in Russia that will serve as the principal temple of Russia’s armed forces.
Estonian authorities re-launched a 2013 investigation to see how much of the money suspected of having been laundered through Danske and Swedbank is tied to the infamous Magnitsky affair.
Citing money-laundering scandals such as the ‘Global Laundromat,’ the ‘Azerbaijani Laundromat’ and the ‘Troika Laundromat’ the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has urged swift and substantial action to strengthen anti-money laundering provisions and improve international cooperation in the fight against such ‘laundromats.’
In the twenty years since the small, post-Soviet nation of Georgia joined the Council of Europe, and thirty years since Soviet troops violently suppressed civilian protests there, the country has made significant progress towards democracy, but continues to require improvement in areas such as constitutional reforms, human rights and respect of the rule of law.
A scandal in Bulgaria dubbed #FlatGate has widened over the past week, with two more top officials resigning after reporters revealed they obtained spacious apartments in downtown Sofia for far below market rates.
The Council of the European Union granted its final approval Tuesday to a proposal to establish a European Criminal Records Information System on Third Country Nationals (ECRIS-TCN), or convicted non-EU citizens, to aid in the exchange of criminal records information, the European Commission (EC) announced in a press release.
With Romania’s Social Democrats once again threatening to undermine the country’s legal system through emergency ordinance, the US and a slew of European nations issued an international warning to the country to beware its eroding rule of law.
Construction and real estate development are the business sectors globally most exposed to corruption, according to a new report by Risk Advisory, a London-based consultancy.
Police confiscated several computers and hard drives during Tuesday’s raid of the Minsk office of Belsat, a Polish television channel covering Belarus, in what authorities describe as a libel case investigation.
EU’s tight regulations of greenhouse gases seem to have caused an eruption of criminal trade of hydrofluorocarbons (HFC), synthetic chemicals hundreds of thousands of times stronger than carbon dioxide and used in many common household products, according to a new report published Tuesday by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), a UK-based NGO.