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Ransomware HQ: Moscow’s Tallest Tower Is a Cybercriminal Cash Machine

The crown jewel of Moscow’s business district, a 97-story glass tower known alternately as Federation Tower East or Vostok, is a tribute to Russia’s post-Soviet economic influence and national strength. Promotional materials for the building, which was the tallest in Europe when it was completed in 2017 and is now… Read More

FBI raids Washington mansion linked to Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska

The FBI on Tuesday raided a Washington mansion linked to the billionaire Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, as part of what media reports described as a “court-authorised search”. House Capitol attack committee votes to recommend Steve Bannon prosecution – as it happened Read more Agents could… Read More

Pandora Papers: Document dump allegedly links world leaders to secret wealth

A massive leak of financial documents was published by several major news organizations on Sunday that allegedly tie world leaders to secret stores of wealth, including King Abdullah of Jordan, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis and associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The dump of more than 11.9 million records,… Read More
15th September 2021
The Strategy for the Development of the Financial Market of the Russian Federation by 2030 was released this week by the Ministry of Finance. The plan is open for public discussions between Sept. 14 and Oct. 13, 2021, according to a notice published by the State Automated… Read More
13th September 2021
Prince Charles has become embroiled in a fresh donations scandal, after it emerged a Russian businessman previously convicted of money laundering tried to donate half a million pounds to his charities. The heir to the throne wrote a fulsome thank you letter to Dmitry Leus last year… Read More
13th September 2021
By Martin Laine, OCCRP, 9 September 2021 OCCRP — In October 2020, Maxim Karpenko, an independent Russian mobile game developer, was sitting on a train about to go on vacation when a friend messaged him with troubling news. Stavrio Ltd., a little-known company in the U.K., had… Read More
6th September 2021
Prosecutors in Guatemala have begun an investigation into allegations that Russian businessmen paid a bribe to President Alejandro Giammattei to obtain a dock in one of the country’s main ports, the attorney general’s office said on Friday. Juan Luis Pantaleon, spokesman for the Guatemalan attorney general’s office, said anti-corruption prosecutors… Read More
1st September 2021
Ukraine’s leader is travelling to the United States this week in hopes of bolstering security ties with Washington and persuading the administration to ramp up sanctions against a new Russian natural gas pipeline that bypasses his country. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has called Washington’s failure to block the construction of the… Read More
24th August 2021
The son of Mozambique’s ex-president and 18 others have gone on trial over the $2bn (£1.5bn) “tuna bonds” affair. Ndambi Guebuza, son of former President Armando Guebuza, and the others face charges of blackmail, embezzlement and money laundering. They have not yet commented on the charges. Mozambique’s biggest corruption scandal… Read More
23rd August 2021
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Sunday signed a decree imposing sanctions on Andriy Derkach, the Ukrainian lawmaker accused by the United States of being a Russian agent and interfering in U.S. elections, the presidential office said. The sanctions include an asset freeze, a ban on capital withdrawals, the revocation of… Read More
23rd August 2021
Britain and the United States imposed sanctions on Friday on men they said were Russian intelligence operatives responsible for the poisoning one year ago of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny. The two countries both targeted seven Russians with sanctions and also issued a joint statement warning Russia over chemical weapons. Washington… Read More
22nd August 2021
The jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has written from behind bars to urge western politicians to take meaningful action against global corruption and to impose personal sanctions against oligarchs “in the entourage of Vladimir Putin”. Writing in the Guardian before the first anniversary of his poisoning on 20 August… Read More
20th August 2021
The speed with which the Taliban seized control of much of Afghanistan last week took the U.S. military and intelligence apparatus by surprise, and handed the White House the difficult job of rapidly recalibrating their approach to the Islamist militia and its finances. Global financial institutions already anticipate that the… Read More