• Massive Drug Lab Busted in Russia

    Russian authorities seized more than 100 kilograms of narcotics, over 600 kilograms of chemicals that could be used to manufacture illegal drugs, along with a lot of other drug paraphernalia from drug traffickers, the Ministry of Internal Affairs announced Tuesday

  • Russian Agents Suspected of Cleaning Bitcoin-Exchange Platform

    The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), a successor agency to the Soviet KGB, could be involved in the disappearance of some US$450 million in cryptocurrency from one of the world’s largest online exchange platforms in the world, theBBC reported last week.

  • Former Russian Minister Charged with Fraud Sees his Assets Seized

    A former Russian minister charged in a major fraud case has lost millions of dollars in assets that have been seized by authorities who have taken legal actions against him since his March arrest, Russian-language online news outlet the Bell reported Thursday. 

  • Danske Bank Offered Russian Clients Gold to Hide Money

    Danske bank offered gold bars to wealthy clients to help them hide illicit Russian funds, according to documents seen by Bloomberg.


  • Russian Authorities Permitted to Take Assets from Crooks’ Families

    Russian authorities may seize the assets of relatives and friends of those convicted of corruption if not provided proof that the assets were lawfully obtained, the Russian state news agencyTASS reported Tuesday.

  • Russian Oligarchs Support UK Conservatives

    An intelligence report, which was supposed to be published this week and which publication the Cabinet of the UK’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson blocked last week, names nine Russian businessmen who donated to the Conservative Party,The Sunday Times reported.

  • Russia: Bribe Money with Sunflower Seeds on Menu

    Corrupt officials around the World have mastered the art of hiding bribe money, but a Moscow transport security officer has come up with a new, pretty unhealthy method on Wednesday when he stuffed his mouth with banknotes and tried to swallow them as he saw police approaching his office.

  • Moscow Children Hospitalized for Food Poisoning

    Moscow authorities launched a criminal investigation on Thursday, after 29 school children with food poisoning symptoms have been hospitalized, the Moscow Interregional Investigative Directorate said in astatement.

  • Venezuela: Russian Cash vs. US Sanctions

    As the US tried through sanctions to limit Venezuela’s involvement in the global financial system as a way to oust Venezuela’s leader Nicolas Maduro, Russia shipped loads of cash to the South American country.

  • “Putin’s Chef” to Pay Meager Compensation

    A Moscow court ordered on Thursday two catering companies to compensate the families of schoolchildren who suffered food poisoning with the equivalent of US$4,700, days after it ordered an NGO to pay nearly 300 times that much to one of the companies for reporting about the incident.

  • Navalny’s FBK Must Pay $1.4M to “Putin’s Chef”

    A Moscow court ordered on Monday the foundation of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny to pay 88 million Russian rubles (US$1.4 million) to an alleged protege of the Russian President for blaming his company for food poisoning in Moscow schools and kindergartens last year,Kommersant reported.

  • Russia Enters Africa with Soft Power

    Russian President Vladimir Putin opened on Wednesday the first ever Russia-Africa Summit, which gathered dozens of African leaders in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, promising them “no-strings-attached business and protection from Western pressure,” but also from China, RT reported.

  • Russian Duma Demands Measures Against Foreign Media

    A special commission of the Russian Duma called last week for measures against a number of foreign media for violating the Russian election laws, alleging that some of them were spies, theCommission said in a report.

  • Democrats Want Answers on Deal with Russian Tycoon

    US senator Ron Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon, asked Braidy Industries CEO Craig Bouchard to explain how come a controversial Russian company is investing in the aluminum rolling mill Braidy plans to build in Kentucky, although it was under federal sanctions until early this year.

  • Russia Labels Navalny’s FBK “Foreign Agent”

    Russia’s Ministry of Justice declared on Wednesday opposition leader Alexei Navalny’sFoundation for the Fight Against Corruption (FBK) - a “foreign agent,” which forces the anti-graft group to from now on disclose its donors and objectives.

  • Attacks on Media Workers in Russia on the Rise

    Fourteen media workers have been murdered in Russia since the beginning of 2017, ananalysis by the London-based Justice for Journalists Foundation (JFJ) said on Monday, marking the 13th anniversary of the murder of Novaya Gazeta journalist, Anna Politkovskaya.

  • Russia: Huge Data Leak Hits Sberbank

    Personal information of up to 60 million credit card holders of the Russia’s biggest bank ended up for sale on the online black market, the Kommersant newspaperreported Thursday, quoting the DeviceLock cybersecurity company, which first noticed the internet add.

  • USA: Russian Hacker Admits Largest Theft of Data in History

    A Russian hacker pleaded guilty before the US District Court in Manhattan on Monday, admitting “one of the largest thefts of customer data from a US financial institution in history,” Geoffrey S. Berman, the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York,announced.

  • A Decade After His Death, Magnitsky Beats Russia in European Court

    The European Court ruled on Tuesday that the Russian government violated several articles in the European Convention on Human Rights over the course of its 11-month pre-trial detention and posthumous criminal conviction of Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian tax auditor and government corruption whistleblower, who was found dead on the floor of his small jail cell in northeastern Moscow ten years ago. 

  • Police Crack Down on Moscow Protesters - Again

    For the third weekend in a row Moscow authorities have gone after protesters agitating for free city elections, arresting demonstrators at a higher rate than earlier, even though the crowd was smaller.