Russia’s trash reforms were meant to close old landfills and introduce new waste management technologies across the country. But a year-long investigation by OCCRP member center IStories shows that large swathes of the market were quickly taken over by the wealthy and powerful.
Read more: The Spoils of Russia’s Trash Reforms Go to the Well-Connected
Investigative reporting is getting harder and harder as autocratic governments crack down on media and government-friendly oligarchs use the courts to silence independent voices. The Philippine online news organization Rappler and its CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa are experiencing this firsthand, as Ressa was convicted last week on baseless “cyber libel” charges.
Maria Ressa speaking at the Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Hamburg, Germany, in September 2019. (Credit: Nick Jaussi)
Read more: Coming Together to Help Our Colleagues at Rappler
Angelica Andrade will never forget January 25, 2019, the day her sister died.
A member of a rescue team walks next to a collapsed tailings dam owned by Brazilian mining company Vale in Brumadinho, Brazil, Feb. 13, 2019. (Photo: REUTERS/Washington Alves)
Read more: Behind Vale's Deadly Dams, a Wave of Lobbying
A chessmaster who sent money to the mob, a mysterious change of ownership just after a dramatic police raid, and connections to a massive financial laundromat — these are just some of the unexpected stories behind Russia’s top sports betting company.
Read more: The Murky History of Russia's Largest Sports Betting Company
A landmark labor exploitation case against Azerbaijan should soon be decided by the European Court of Human Rights — more than ten years after it took place. The workers’ story would have been forgotten if not for the efforts of dedicated human rights advocates.
Read more: The Court
A new leak of bank documents shows millions flowed through a former Armenian customs official’s offshore account in the Isle of Man.
Read more: Armenia's Golden Palaces: Offshore Millions Evaded Investigators
They weren’t the people you’d peg for success in the world of finance and technology: a group of young men from a small city in an agricultural region of Romania. But they were clever and they had grit — and a unique skill set.
Read more: How a Crew of Romanian Criminals Conquered the World of ATM Skimming
The GKNB presents its findings in front of a special committee in the Kyrgyz parliament. Photo by: Screen capture, Kyrgyz parliament YouTube channel.
Earlier today, in front of a special committee of the Kyrgyz parliament, the country’s intelligence agency presented the preliminary results of an investigation that was triggered by a reporting project released in November by RFE/RL’s Radio Azattyk, OCCRP, and its local member center, Kloop.
Read more: Statement on Allegations by the Kyrgyz Security Service
The family of Azerbaijan’s former security chief has built up a business and property empire in Europe worth over 100 million euros
Credit: Svetlana Tiourina
Read more: Dethroned Azerbaijani Elites Made Big Investments in Europe
A British Virgin Islands-based firm allegedly paid more than US$390,000 in bribes to land a natural gas processing plant construction contract in 2009, Nigeria’s attorney general said in a statement obtained by OCCRP and its Nigerian member center, the Premium Times.
Read more: Nigeria Traces $9.6 Billion Financial Hit Back to $390,000 in Alleged Bribes