Russia
31st May 2021
Belgian and Latvian authorities have seized Russian assets in a notorious money-laundering affair that saw the killing of whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky. A Belgian investigating judge, Bruno de Hous, seized some €400,000 from the proceeds of an apartment sale in the Belgian city of Antwerp. He also charged two Russians –… Read More
28th May 2021
By Kayla Izenman, RUSI, 26 May 2021 RUSI — Almost every day it seems a new form of digital money emerges, often touted as the next hot idea. But with so many governments indicating interest in these developments, central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) might actually be… Read More
26th May 2021
Russian oil companies are illegally disposing of millions of tons of contaminated drilling waste, a practice that is wreaking environmental havoc by polluting northern rivers that drain into the Arctic Ocean, a new RFE/RL investigation has found. The investigation by RFE/RL’s Russian Service found that regulations… Read More
26th May 2021
Rishi Sunak is preparing to lay out plans to block companies from listing on the London Stock Exchange on national security grounds amid growing fears of businesses being backed by “dirty money”, it was reported last night. The chancellor plans to launch a consultation within two weeks, with proposals for… Read More
26th May 2021
By Stas Ivashkevich, Olga Ratmirova, Ales Yarashevich and Bojana Jovanovic, OCCRP, 25 May 2021 OCCRP — When the Minsk City Council announced the winner of an architectural competition in 2008, the plan for the futuristic project was ambitious. Glass towers twisted like corkscrews, enveloping a 300-meter-high skyscraper,… Read More
25th May 2021
EU leaders triggered new economic sanctions against Belarus and punitive measures against its national airline as a dissident taken from a “hijacked” Ryanair flight was paraded on the country’s television news apparently confessing to crimes against the state. In a summit communique swiftly agreed in Brussels on Monday night,… Read More
25th May 2021
The Scottish government is facing a new legal challenge over its February rejection of a motion to investigate former U.S. President Donald Trump’s all-cash purchases of two golf courses, reviving an effort to force Trump to disclose how he financed the deals. Avaaz, a global human rights group, filed a… Read More
25th May 2021
A gun-toting Greek billionaire, Ivan Savvidi, is making a mockery of EU sanctions on Russia, but no one in Athens or Brussels seems to care, posing the question: Is the EU regime a paper tiger? The sanctions were imposed in 2014 over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. They banned EU nationals… Read More
24th May 2021
When a consortium of reporters released the Panama Papers in 2016, they wanted to block one group from plundering the database which contained records disclosing the owners of thousands of off-shore companies used to hide enormous sums of wealth: corporate intelligence operatives, or private spies. The private spying industry… Read More
23rd May 2021
CNA Financial Corp., among the largest insurance companies in the U.S., paid $40 million in late March to regain control of its network after a ransomware attack, according to people with knowledge of the attack. The Chicago-based company paid the hackers about two weeks after a… Read More