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  • Russia plans to help sanctioned oligarchs with off-shores

    Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev promised on Monday to help Russian companies targeted by US sanctions with the creation of two jurisdictions with special tax rules in Russia, similar to offshores, Vedomosti reported.

  • Novichok Has Already Killed

    Sergei Skripal, the former Russian military intelligence agent who was poisoned in Britain, was not the first victim of the deadly toxin. Is it still out there?

    The name “Novichok” is now widely-known after the poisoning of Sergey Skripal in Salisbury. It turns out that a substance from this group of chemicals was used to murder a banker in 1995. Could some of it have fallen into the hands of criminals? Photo by: Edin Pasovic / OCCRPThe name “Novichok” is now widely-known after the poisoning of Sergey Skripal in Salisbury. It turns out that a substance from this group of chemicals was used to murder a banker in 1995. Could some of it have fallen into the hands of criminals? Photo by: Edin Pasovic / OCCRP

  • Sanctioned Oligarch loses $1.1 billion

    The net worth of Oleg Deripaska, one of the oligarchs targeted by Friday’s U.S. sanctions, fell by US$1.1 billion, Bloomberg reported Monday.

  • Moscow’s Feud with West Drives Rich Russian Emigrants back to Russia

    Moscow’s deteriorating relationship with the West and stricter checks of money origins in the UK have forced many rich Russian emigrants to consider returning to their homeland.

  • Moscow: Court Opens Hearing on Murder of Crime Lord

    A Moscow Court opened a hearing on Wednesday on how a former prizefighter killed crime boss Karen “Lipetsky” Petrosyan at a gas station in Moscow over US$1.7 million, Rosbalt reports.

  • Russia: The Network behind the Illegal Chapel Construction

    Two Russian environmental activists were beaten up when they returned from taking photographs of a private chapel illegally built on forest land on the Black Sea Coast. A gang of thugs was waiting for them at their offices in Krasnodar, Russia’s Novaya Gazeta revealed on Monday.

  • Russian Billionaire Held on Embezzlement Charges

    Russian billionaire Ziyavudin Magomedov was arrested Saturday for embezzling US$44million, Radio Free Europe reports.

  • In Tit-for-Tat with Russia, UK Pushes New “Dirty Money” Probe

    British authorities on Thursday began new investigations into money-laundering, sanctions and economic crime, focusing particular attention on properties purchased from those with Russian connections.

  • Anonymous Generosity: the Foundations Sponsoring Putin’s Re-Election

    Russian President Vladimir Putin may be running for reelection as an independent candidate, at least officially — but his electoral campaign is wholly funded by the ruling United Russia party and 22 affiliated foundations. They have contributed the entire 400 million rubles (US$ 7 million) that any candidate can legally spend on the election.

    Photo by: Edin Pasovic / OCCRPVladimir Putin is running as an independent candidate in Russia's presidential elections — but donations to his campaign link back to familiar faces from the Russian elite, including those from the country's ruling United Russia party. Photo by: Edin Pasovic / OCCRP

  • Investigation: Ex-convict ran Pro-Russian Twitter Account

    The man who in 2014 claimed to be a Spanish flight controller and blamed Ukraine for shooting down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, turns out to be a petty criminal who says he was paid to launch the hoax, a journalist investigation revealed on Wednesday.

  • How to Hide a Russian Fortune on the French Riviera

    In response to Moscow’s 2014 annexation of Crimea, the European Union banned more than 100 Russian officials and businessmen from entering its territory and froze their European assets. The move was meant to punish well-connected Russians who have profited from their country’s aggression against Ukraine.

    Boris Rotenberg’s previously unknown property in Eze, France. (Photo: Sophie Balaÿ)Boris Rotenberg’s previously unknown property in Eze, France. (Photo: Sophie Balaÿ)

  • The Ups and Downs of a Russian Anti-Doping Whistleblower

    Dressed in gray coats with white scarves, Russian athletes marched into South Korea’s Pyeongchang Stadium carrying the Olympic flag instead of their own.

    Russian athletes enter the stadium at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, 9 February 2018. (Photo (c): Daniel Karmann / Picture-Alliance / DPA / AP Images.)Russian athletes enter the stadium at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, 9 February 2018. (Photo (c): Daniel Karmann / Picture-Alliance / DPA / AP Images.)

  • US Sanctions Chechen Leader under Magnitsky Act

    The US Treasury added on Wednesday five more names to the list of Russian individuals sanctioned under the Magnitsky Act, including the leader of the Republic of Chechnya, Ramzan Kardyrov.

  • French Court: Suleiman Kerimov To Pay a US$ 47 Million Bail

    A French judge on Thursday ordered Russian legislator and billionaire Suleiman Kerimov to post US$47 million in bail and relinquish his passport as part of an investigation into tax fraud and money laundering at Kerimov’s luxury properties on the French Riviera.

  • Corruption Probe Dives Into Nord Stream Pipeline

    German prosecutors are investigating possible bribery related to the construction of a pipeline that pumps gas from Russia to Germany through the Baltic Sea, the German magazine Stern reported Wednesday.

  • Putin and the Proxies

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    A Novaya Gazeta and OCCRP investigation looks into the wealth surrounding Russian President Vladimir Putin.

  • Russian Radio Host Stabbed in the Neck

    A man burst into the Russia's top liberal talk-radio station, Ekho Moskvy, in the center of Moscow on Monday and stabbed a prominent journalist in the throat, rekindling the debate on freedom of press in the country.

  • Russia Advances in Fight With US Over Cybercrime Suspect

    On Wednesday, a Greek court showed support for Russia in a US-Russia legal tug-of-war over the alleged mastermind behind a $4 billion bitcoin money-laundering scheme, reported Reuters.

  • Greek Court Approves U.S. Extradition of Suspect in Cryptocurrency Crime

    A Greek court gave the green light Wednesday for the extradition of Russian bitcoin fraud suspect Alexander Vinnik to the United States, Reuters reported.

  • Russia Asks OCCRP’s Armenian Partner to Remove Arrest Story

    Russian officials have asked OCCRP’s Armenian partner www.hetq.am to remove an online report about Ruben “Robson” Tatulyan, an alleged thief-in-law or organized crime figure, on the grounds that the report violates Tatulyan’s rights under Russian law to protection of his personal data and family life.