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Ex Azerbaijani Ambassador Accused of Embezzling Millions

By Kelly Bloss, OCCRP, 18 August 2021 OCCRP – Prosecutor in Azerbaijan completed on Monday their investigation of one of the country’s former ambassadors whom they accused of embezzling more than 28.3 million euro (US$33.14 million) in state funds and sent his case to the Court of Grave… Read More

Congo-Brazzaville Strongman Buys Secret Weapons Haul from Azerbaijan

By Khadija Sharife and Mark Anderson, OCCRP, 22 February 2021 OCCRP — In January 2020, at the Turkish port of Derince on the eastern shores of the Sea of Marmara, a huge cache of weapons was loaded onto the MV Storm. Registered in the tax haven of Vanuatu,… Read More

Dethroned Azerbaijani Elites Made Big Investments in Europe

OCCRP—When Eldar Mahmudov fell out of favour with Azerbaijan’s government, he fell hard. In October 2015, the country’s national security minister was dismissed from his powerful role by a presidential order. Within days, wild stories peppered local media outlets about raids on his villa, where police discovered glass jars… Read More
1st June 2020
A string of luxury properties, including a £17m home near Harrods, were acquired by the children of Azerbaijan’s former security chief, an investigation has revealed. Eldar Mahmudov was dismissed as national security minister by a presidential order in 2015. No official explanation was given for his removal. Now, caches… Read More
31st January 2020
Strong police troops raided homes and offices of money laundering suspects across Germany and Belgium Thursday in an attempt to track a money trail flowing from an Azerbaijani laundromat operation to shell companies in the Baltic, the Frankfurt Prosecutor’s Office confirmed. One current and one former member of… Read More
30th January 2019
The United Kingdom has dropped out of the league of top ten countries perceived to have the lowest levels of government corruption, while the United States has tumbled out of the top 20 states, according to the new Corruption Perception Index. The rankings, which list 180 countries and territories by… Read More
13th December 2018
British investigators have frozen a bank account linked to a multi-billion dollar Azerbaijani money-laundering scheme that a network of investigative reporters has alleged rinsed dirty money mainly through four, UK-registered shell companies. The National Crime Agency (NCA) said on Wednesday that the Account Freezing Order (AFO), part of a new… Read More
5th November 2018
A judge at Westminster Magistrates Court has ruled in favour of the authorities holding onto jewels which are part of an investigation into the legitimacy of a wealthy family’s assets. The National Crime Agency (NCA) said it has seized 49 items of high value jewellery from an auction house… Read More