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Vasile Frank Timis built a fortune by taking control of world-class #mineral reserves in Burkina Faso, Senegal and Sierra Leone.
OCCRP found how nearly all of his deals were accompanied by secrecy, controversy and alleged high-level #corruption.
Many young women are #trafficked from Eastern to Western Europe every year. OCCRP examines one court case that shows how nearly 20 Hungarian women were enslaved in the same city that’s home to the #UN’s International Court of Justice.
We follow the money trail to name the companies involved.
The Lithuanian National #Olympic Committee originally owned and operated the Olifeja lottery, which is the Baltic country’s largest.
But over the years, the committee has ceded both control and profits to two businessmen who allegedly diverted millions away.
NEW: A $1.35 million #watch was stolen from the son of an #Azerbaijani official. First the official’s family denied it happened at all. Now they’re denying the watch was his. But the new story doesn’t add up either.
NEW: Until recently, a crumbling post-industrial suburb of #Tbilisi, called Ponichala, was best known for cut-rate car repairs and meat kebab stalls.
But now the district has become a byword in #Georgia for drug crime.
NEW: U.S. political operative Paul Manafort received payments for consulting work in Ukraine through over a dozen shell companies thanks to veteran Cypriot lawyer Kypros Chrysostomides, known by some as “Dr. K.”
Bulgarian authorities appear to be striking back at journalists whose investigations led to the “ApartmentGate” scandal that saw several members of the Bulgarian government resign.
Margaret Hunter, the wife of #US #Congressman Duncan D. Hunter, changed her plea on Thursday from not guilty to guilty of misusing quarter of a million dollars of campaign funds to pay for lavish vacations, extravagant parties, and other personal expenses.
NEW: During the rule of Hugo #Chávez, the #Venezuela's government awarded generous electricity contracts and oil concessions to a group of young businessmen, the Bolichicos, who built power plants during a series of widespread #blackouts. Almost 10 years later, as Venezuela continues to struggle with its #electricity supply, leaked documents reveal more about the deals.
NEW: #Russian realtors use words like “exclusive” and “luxury” to describe #Razdory, but the village just west of #Moscow is actually quite welcoming — to anyone with a fortune. Novaya Gazeta reveals how one mansion is likely connected to PM #Medvedev’s bodyguard.
NEW INVESTIGATION: The family of Vladimir #Zhirinovsky, a controversial elder statesman of Russian #politics and leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of #Russia, owns #undeclared property worth an estimated $135 million.
Police in #Russia arrested Meduza investigative #journalist Ivan Golunov on Thursday, accusing him of possessing club #drugs, which Golunov claims were planted on him. He also claims the officers beat him during his #arrest and detainment.
NEW: It is widely known that major media outlets in #Russia — especially television — are controlled by the government. But who actually manages the #Kremlin’s grip? This is the story of Alexey Gromov, a former diplomat who has gained great influence and power as Vladimir #Putin’s media puppetmaster.
By withdrawing the most valuable bills in the nation, #Kenya's officials hope that those who have received large sums of cash illicitly will be forced to disclose the source of their #money while exchanging or take the heavy financial loss when October comes.
The suspects were charged with mafia association, drug trafficking, racketeering and illegal firearms possession. They are also accused of being part of a previously unknown ‘Ndrangheta cell from the village of San Leonardo di Cutro in Calabria.
#Mexico’s Finance Ministry announced on Monday that it had frozen the bank accounts of Emilio Lozoya Austin, the former head of the state-owned #oil company Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex), due to allegations of corruption.
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