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Bitcoin miners flocked to US and Kazakhstan ahead of Chinese crypto crackdown

Bitcoin miners flocked to the US and Kazakhstan as China’s government prepared to crack down on the currency, new data shows. America’s share of worldwide Bitcoin mining rose from 4.1pc in September 2019 to 16.8pc at the start of April, putting it second in the world, according to figures from… Read More

Regulation: The solution to Bitcoin’s risks and unrealized benefits

Bitcoin continues to ride waves of popular interest and market volatility. But behind the swings is an unwavering reality: The largest species of cryptocurrency doesn’t measure up to its promised benefits as a peer-to-peer network, a uniquely quick and efficient payment system, or a store of value. Bitcoin’s risks, meanwhile,… Read More

China’s crypto-miners look abroad as regulators tighten noose

When a prefecture in northwestern China’s Xinjiang region ordered a halt on cryptocurrency mining projects this month, Chris Zhu scrambled to move clients’ machines southward, spending over a week to reassemble in Sichuan. But after the shift, he received another notice — authorities in southwestern Sichuan were also putting a… Read More
23rd June 2021
By Franz Wild, Isobel Koshiw, Jane Bradley, and Andrew Higgins, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, 18 June 2021 The Bureau of Investigative Journalism — Olena Tyshchenko, a lawyer based in Britain, was facing years in a crowded Russian prison cell, when a chance at freedom came via an unexpected… Read More
22nd June 2021
A multinational oil firm which was led by a major Conservative donor has been under investigation for allegedly paying million-pound bribes to secure contracts in nine countries. The anti-corruption agency the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has been examining allegedly suspicious payments made by the UK-based firm… Read More
18th March 2021
Wood Group is aiming to settle long-running investigations into bribery allegations by paying about $197 million. The engineering company confirmed yesterday that it will pay almost $9 million to Scotland’s Civil Recovery Unit. That is in relation to conduct in a joint venture in Kazakhstan between 2008 and 2010 which… Read More
1st December 2020
By Will Fitzgibbon, ICIJ, 30 November 2020 ICIJ — JPMorgan Chase, America’s largest bank, helped move millions of dollars for a New Jersey con man long after he was first accused of ripping off customers looking for good deals on the used cars of their dreams. Many borrowed from… Read More
10th November 2020
Who owned 221b Baker Street, the London property that served as Sherlock Holmes’s fictional home, has been a mystery worthy of an Arthur Conan Doyle novel. For five years there has been speculation about the identity f the flat’s proprietor. The Times can now reveal that the building — along… Read More
16th October 2020
By Anthony Cormier, Jason Leopold, John Templon, Scott Pham, Jeremy Singer-Vine, Richard Holmes and Tom Warren, BuzzFeed News, 15 October 2020 BuzzFeed News — Long before he emerged as one of the central figures in then–special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of President Donald Trump and Russia’s interference in the 2016… Read More
8th October 2020
Kazakh opposition leader Mukhtar Ablyazov has been charged in Paris with embezzling $7.5 billion in a case brought by Kazakhstan, according to one of his lawyers. Gerard Cholakian said Ablyazov, who was recently granted political asylum in France, was charged with “aggravated abuse of trust” and “money laundering” before he… Read More
7th October 2020
Britain will not be deterred from using anti-graft powers to target foreign oligarchs’ suspected dirty money despite the large cost risk and a recent court setback, a senior police officer has said. Unexplained Wealth Orders (UWOs) were introduced in 2018 to help the authorities target the illicit wealth of foreign… Read More
5th October 2020
For years, the deputy head of Kyrgyzstan’s customs service enabled customs fraud from the shadows. In 2017, he was unceremoniously fired. But Raimbek Matraimov appears to have found a way to stay in the customs game with the help of some old friends, a family of Uighur smugglers… Read More
23rd September 2020
The European Union imposed sanctions on Monday on a Turkish shipping company accused of breaking a U.N. arms embargo on Libya and whose vessel was involved in a naval incident between NATO members France and Turkey in June. The asset freeze of Avrasya Shipping, which the EU said operates the… Read More