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.
After years of corruption allegations, Liviu Dragnea, the leader of #Romania’s the Social Democratic, was sentenced and jailed for three and a half years on Monday - only a day after Romanians voted for a ban on pardons for corrupt officials.
Bosnia’s top judicial official became embroiled in a corruption scandal on Thursday after a secretly-filmed video was released showing him allegedly taking bribes through a middleman.
Eight officers and one member of staff in Scotland Yard’s anti-corruption unit are under investigation for abusing their positions to affect ongoing investigations, the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), a police watchdog.
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