It was a glimpse of a glow of a cigarette behind the shutters of an abandoned house that led Italian police to the crime boss they had been tracking for more than a week.
Carabinieri officers patrol outside the town of Castiglione D'Adda, which has been closed by the Italian government due to a coronavirus outbreak, Italy, February 23, 2020. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane.
Read more: Crime & Quarantine: How the Pandemic is Squeezing Italian Crime Groups
Last century, tobacco was one of the world’s most successful industries. This century, if current trends continue, it is expected to kill one billion people.
Read more: Without a Trace
The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) condemns last week’s decision by Ukraine’s Ministry of Internal Affairs to pursue a baseless pre-trial investigation into our local member center, Slidstvo.Info. Issued in response to Freedom of Information (FOI) requests from the independent media outlet submitted late last year, this decision threatens the right of a free press to access information and inform citizens around the world.
Photo: Harm Joris ten Napel.
Read more: OCCRP Condemns Baseless Investigation of Ukraine Member Center Slidstvo.Info
A scam call center based out of a Kyiv mall unmasked by journalists this week has links to other operations far beyond Ukrainan borders.
Read more: Web of Call-Center Scammers Reaches Into Albania, Georgia
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.
Read more: What Slovakia Showed Us
An industrial-scale fraud committed through call centers has left a trail of victims across the globe.
Read more: Trail of Broken Lives Leads to Kyiv Call Center
One January night in Kyiv, a company called Milton Group threw a glitzy New Year’s party for its staff. To the strains of a pop-rock cover band, contortionists and fire-dancers whirled under neon lights as young salespeople revelled in the spoils of a record-breaking year selling investments in cryptocurrencies and stocks.
Read more: Fraud Factory
An ally of Viktor Orbán is suspected of greasing the Hungarian Prime Minister’s propaganda machine in the Balkans by using dubious ads for trinkets and olive oil to inject more than 3.2 million euros into fawning media outlets.
Read more: Oiling Orbán’s Propaganda Machine
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.
Read more: Kočner’s World
In a South African corruption scandal so grand it became known as “state capture,” former President Jacob Zuma is alleged to have colluded with members of the wealthy and influential Gupta family to embezzle billions of dollars of public funds, while massively indebting the country.
Read more: The State Capture Papers