• United States / Russia: Court Dismisses Lawyers in Magnitsky Case

    A court in the United States ruled on Monday to disqualify lawyers representing a firm connected to the Magnitsky fraud case, after they had switched sides to defend a company accused of money laundering.

  • Magnitsky Case: Lithuanian Authorities Yet to Move on New Laundering Evidence

    Hermitage Capital Management, the company of late Russian whistle-blower Sergei Magnitsky, has demanded that Lithuanian prosecutors reopen a suspended investigation into the laundering of tens of millions of dollars believed to have been siphoned from the Russian government. But months later, authorities still haven’t moved on new evidence.


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    Banking records obtained by OCCRP show that cellist Sergei Roldugin, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s old friend, received money from an offshore company at about the same time it was being used to steal money from the Russian government in the notorious Sergei Magnitsky case.

  • UK: Political Strategy Firm Hired By "Key Member" of Russia's Klyuev Gang

    A firm co-owned by Australian political strategist, Sir Lynton Crosby, allegedly accepted £45,000 (US$ 64,818) to work for a member of a Russian crime gang implicated in the death of anti-corruption whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky, BuzzFeed said.

  • Latvia: European Central Bank Revokes Trasta Komercbanka License

    The Latvian Financial and Capital Market Commission (FKTK) said Thursday that the European Central Bank (ECB) has revoked Trasta Komercbanka’s license effective immediately.

  • Cyprus: Justice Minister Claims Arrested Navalny Ally to Be Freed

    Nikita Kulachenkov, a Russian opposition activist and ally of anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny, may be about to be released after spending two weeks in detention in Cyprus at the request of the Russian Federation, according to Navalny’s blog. Russia has been seeking his extradition, reported Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL).

  • Post-Magnitsky, Cyprus Fails to Tackle Money Laundering

    Dutch Member of Parliament Pieter Omtzigt questions whether Cyprus is paying “lip service” to international money laundering regulations after its failure to go after banks involved in money laundering in the scandalous and tragic Sergei Magnitsky case, reported the EU Observer.

  • BBC: US Treasury Officials Allege Putin is Corrupt

    Adam Szubin, acting US Treasury undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, says that Russian President Vladimir Putin has been amassing secret wealth and that the United States considers him to be corrupt, reported Reuters.

  • Latvia: Regulators Rein In Trasta Komercbanka

    The Latvian Financial and Capital Market Commission (FKTK) said on Friday that it would set “operational restrictions” on Trasta Komercbanka barring the bank from carrying out debit transactions in any currency, including through online banking, ATMs, and by cash to customers for any amount in excess of € 100,000 (US$ 108,000).  

  • UK Police Withhold Documents in Russian Tycoon Death Inquest

    An inquest into the November 2012 death of Russian tycoon Alexander Perepilichny has been further delayed because Surrey police invoked public interest immunity (PII) to withhold 49 key documents in relation to the case, reported The Sun.

  • Moscow Rejects Navalny Suit Against Prosecutor Chaika

    The Presnensky District Court of Moscow dismissed opposition activist Alexei Navalny’s suit against Russian Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika reported Sputnik. A spokesperson of the court told RIA Novosti that the petition was returned to the applicant because it was outside the court’s jurisdiction, however, the dismissal of the case may be politically motivated.

  • Russia ‘Relaunches Probe Into Sergei Magnitsky’

    Six years after the death of corruption whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky in a Russian prison, Russia has relaunched its investigation into the dead man, reports BuzzFeed News.

  • OCCRP Wins First Magnitsky Award for Outstanding Investigative Journalism

    The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) has been honored in the very first Sergei Magnitsky Human Rights Awards for “outstanding investigative journalism”.

  • US: Global Magnitsky Act Passed to Senate

    Sergey MagnitskiSergei MagnitskyA United States bill which would allow authorities to bar corrupt foreign officials and those responsible for human rights abuses from entering the US and using its financial institutions has moved a step closer to possible adoption.

  • Grand Theft Moldova

    The bank theft was so outsized and bold that citizens of the Republic of Moldova came out in the streets this past May by the thousands to protest: “We want our billion back!”

    They used the number -- US$ 1 billion – that news accounts reported had gone missing from three Moldovan banks in November of 2014.  Unsure who to blame, the protestors denounced the government, politicians, banks and organized crime.

  • France Latest to Investigate the Magnitsky Affair

    French authorities have launched an investigation into money laundering and organized crime activities in France, Monaco and Luxembourg connected to the Magnitsky Affair, the largest tax fraud in Russian history.

  • Tests Show Russian Whistleblower May Have Been Killed by Rare Poison

    A Russian businessman who collapsed and died in 2012 while jogging near his home may have been killed by a rare poison, a new toxicology test has indicated.


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