South African President Cyril Ramaphosa this week signed a proclamation that officially establishes a new investigating council, called the new Scorpions, to examine high-profile cases such as the country’s ongoing state capture inquiry. https://www.occrp.org/en/27-ccwatch/cc-watch-briefs/9430-sa-ramaphosa-green-lights-new-anti-graft-directorate
New revelations show Latvian businessman and political party donor Aivars Bergers received payments from offshore companies used in two international money laundering schemes - the #AzerbaijaniLaundromat and the Magnitsky affair.
The United Kingdom’s National Crime Agency (NCA) arrested on Monday woman who is thought to have supplied Albanian organized crime syndicates with some 500 UK passports.
The United States imposed sanctions on Venezuela’s state-run gold mining company, Minerven, on Tuesday, accusing it of illicitly propping up the government of President Maduro. https://www.occrp.org/en/27-ccwatch/cc-watch-briefs/9423-maduro-s-illicit-gold-targeted-by-us-sanctions
The head of Japan's Olympic Committee said on Tuesday he is resigning following a corruption investigation into the awarding of Tokyo’s 2020 Summer Games.
A scandal implicating Sweden’s oldest bank widened dramatically on Friday, with revelations that the suspicious flows that the institution handled--transactions with potential connections to alleged Danske Bank money laundering--amounted to $10.2 billion, and not $5.8 billion, as earlier reported.
There are many examples of politicians changing the laws — or attempting to change them — or manipulating institutions to dodge corruption investigations or prison time in the last few years.
Transparency Germany announced Thursday it has filed a criminal complaint against two politicians, one member of Parliament (the Bundestag), and another former MP, for their roles in an alleged bribery case masterminded by the Azerbaijani government known as the #AzerbaijaniLaundromat.
Marian Kočner has been accused of ordering the hit that killed Slovak journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancee Martina Kušnírová last year. But questions remain about what powerful former officials may have known.
The 22-year-old son of Azerbaijan’s president owns a previously undiscovered property near Moscow worth tens of millions of dollars. Here’s the latest on the Aliyev family’s immense and secretive wealth.
The #EuropeanCommission has moved to include 15 additional countries in its expanded list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions, which will tighten controls on financial transactions between those nations and the #EuropeanUnion.
The leader of a multi-billion dollar scheme involving the sale of fraudulent #cryptocurrency #OneCoin, was arrested on Friday at Los Angeles International Airport, according to the U.S. Justice Department. https://www.occrp.org/en/daily/9340-king-of-crypto-empire-arrested-for-fraud
The Kremlin dismissed on Monday allegations that the #TroikaLaundromat channeled billions of dollars out of Russia, claiming the revelations contain nothing new. https://www.occrp.org/en/daily/9338-kremlin-dismisses-troika-allegations
Hundreds of billions of pounds are potentially laundered through the UK each year as prevention efforts remain "highly fragmented," a committee of MPs warned on Friday.
NEW: A Russian cellist and childhood friend of Vladimir Putin, Sergei Roldugin, received at least $69 million from #TroikaLaundromat companies. https://www.occrp.org/en/troikalaundromat/money-for-nothing-putin-friend-sergei-roldugin-enriched-by-troika-laundromat
Because of lack of oversight, Romania’s seven cement factories can burn anything, including legally forbidden substances such as medical waste – at the expense of ordinary citizens forced to breathe and live amid the toxic fumes emanating from their smokestacks.
OCCRP traces this corrupt practice across Europe in “Cement’s Dirty Business.”
NEW: Perhaps one of the most powerful tales of the #TroikaLaundromat comes from a dead man: a Viennese lawyer who regretted his involvement in the scheme — and whose body turned up in an Austrian forest.
Royal Dutch Shell is to be prosecuted in the Netherlands over alleged corruption in a US$1.3 billion Nigerian oil deal, a case already standing trial in Italy.
NEW: An $8.8 billion network of offshore companies allowed corrupt politicians and criminals to secretly launder money, evade taxes, and hide assets abroad.
Along with our reporting partners, OCCRP brings you the #TroikaLaundromat, based on one of the largest-ever leaks of banking records and related documents.
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