South Sudan is spending well beyond its means, even as it says its efforts to move on from a devastating civil war are being stifled by a lack of funding. At the same time, a series of elaborate go...
OCCRPSouth Sudan’s President Salva Kiir appears to have personally intervened in public procurement processes to ensure contracts were given to specific companies and businessmen with ties to his office. Our investigation
The United States Department of Justice said on Monday that it agreed with Jersey, a self-governing dependency of the United Kingdom, to return to the Nigerian government more than US$300 million former Nigerian dictator Sani Abacha stole and parked...
OCCRPBefore Nigerian dictator Sani Abacha died, his government funneled billions of dollars out of Nigeria and into tax havens around the world.
Two decades later, $308 million of this stolen fortune will be returned to Nigeria.
A South African judge issued an arrest warrant on Tuesday for Jacob Zuma, the country’s former president, after his defense claimed he was too ill to appear in court to face the multiple criminal charges related to transactions with a French weapons...
OCCRPA South African judge issued an arrest warrant for Jacob Zuma after he failed to appear in court to face his multiple criminal charges. Zuma's lawyer said the former president went overseas to seek medical treatment, but did not say in which country.
Uzbekistan’s Supreme Court in Tashkent said it put on Wednesday Gulnara Karimova, the eldest daughter of the late Uzbek President Islam Karimov, on trial for extortion, embezzlement of budget funds and money laundering abroad.
OCCRPThe eldest daughter of the late Uzbek President Islam Karimov is on trial for extortion, embezzlement of budget funds and money laundering abroad. Earlier this week, officials said they plan to seize more than US$1.5 billion in foreign assets from her.
A landmark whistleblower protection act Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky signed in October entered into force on Wednesday, Kyiv-based news agency UNIAN reported.
OCCRPThe landmark piece of legislation protects whistleblowers and offers financial rewards for tips that can be used in investigations of corruption where damage to the state is more than US$420,000.
Russian security forces raided the Moscow-based headquarters of the Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) on Thursday, dragged its founder and leading Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny out and confiscated technical equipment from the office, Reuters...
OCCRPRussian security forces raided the Moscow-based headquarters of the Anti-Corruption Foundation on Thursday, dragging its founder and leading Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny out and confiscating the office's technical equipment.
More than a third of Ataturk Park, a beloved green space in Kyrgyzstan’s capital city, has been lost. Over the course of a decade, city authorities gave the land away — and what was once known as “...
OCCRPA year-long investigation by @Kloopnews found that 4 Bishkek mayors personally signed away large swaths of Ataturk Park—once known as “the people’s park”—to private owners over the course of a decade. There was little or no oversight.
Fake Facebook accounts ran rampant during this year’s elections in Ukraine. Ahead of the parliamentary polls, Slidstvo.info sent a reporter undercover to see how a professional troll farm operates.
OCCRPA journalist working undercover at a Ukrainian troll farm had a quota of around 300 Facebook comments a day. “People in the real world aren’t that educated,” a manager said. “So if you write with grammar mistakes, this may even be a positive thing.”
The controversial Gupta family is known for making millions from the South African government — including $41 million from Eskom, the state energy company. Here’s where the money went.
OCCRPOCCRP has previously reported on how firms and operators linked with South Africa’s controversial Gupta family and their associates have stolen hundreds of millions of dollars in government funds. Now we know how some of that money was hidden.
For years, a network of informal couriers has funneled millions of dollars out of Kyrgyzstan in cold, hard cash. The underground money transfer system fuels corruption, destroys transparency — and ...
OCCRPProfessional money launderer Aierken Saimaiti maintained a network of “cash couriers” — working class men who physically moved up to $2 million in cash per trip between Kyrgyzstan and Turkey for a meager $70-200. Then one of them went missing.
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OCCRPNEW INVESTIGATION: What do an Iranian state oil company, a fake Gambian bank, and the Italian mob have in common? Ties to a company called Formations House, hidden behind the doors of one of London’s most exclusive addresses. #29Leaks 1/
Europeans are spending at least €30 billion (US$33 billion) on drugs a year, according to an EU Drug Markets report.
OCCRPThe report compiled by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction and Europol shows that the drug market is the major and the most valuable source of income for some 5,000 EU-based organized crime groups.
Leaked report shows Russian oligarch Mikhail Abyzov moved a fortune offshore through the Swedish bank.
OCCRPNEW INVESTIGATION: An Swedbank internal report obtained by OCCRP and @svt suggests that a Swedish bank employee helped move an oligarch’s massive fortune out of Russia, using a network of 70 offshore companies.
OCCRPMikhail Abyzov, once one of Russia’s wealthiest businessmen with a net worth of $1.3 billion, became a government minister in 2012. A leaked bank internal report reveals he went on to open 42 offshore-linked accounts at Sweden's Swedbank while on the job.
OCCRPSwedbank internal report obtained by OCCRP and @svt suggests that a Swedish bank employee helped move an oligarch’s massive fortune out of Russia, using a network of 70 offshore companies.
A corruption scandal under the watch of former South African President Jacob Zuma was enabled by three international banks, a British lawmaker told a corruption commission on Monday.
OCCRPAt a corruption inquiry held in Johannesburg, British MP Peter Hain told officials that HSBC, Standard Chartered and India’s Bank of Baroda were “directly culpable” in the looting of the state’s treasury.
When Lithuania’s AB Bankas Snoras imploded in 2011, its main shareholders, Vladimir Antonov and Raimondas Baranauskas, had already left for the United Kingdom, where Antonov had accomplished a long...
OCCRPThe implosion of Snoras Bank led panicked clients to line up at branches across Lithuania. Small account holders were able to retrieve their money, but major depositors were left empty-handed when the bank’s assets were shown to have been moved offshore.
A storied bank helped Eastern European bankers loot their own institutions.
OCCRPNEW INVESTIGATION: Over a period of years, bankers across Eastern Europe took nearly half a billion euros from the financial institutions they worked for. This is the story of how Austria’s Meinl Bank helped them do it.
OCCRPThe financial transactions Austria’s Meinl Bank was involved in have been called “dubious” and “immoral.” This is the story of how the outlet helped bankers across Eastern Europe bypass regulations and bans to loot their own institutions.
New evidence from a tropical Brazilian getaway show that Liviu Dragnea, one of Romania’s leading politicians, has not been truthful about his relationship with the former head of a company that rec...
OCCRPSelfies, border records, and other documentation from Brazil enabled OCCRP and @RevistaEpoca to discover a close relationship between a powerful Romanian politician and a Romanian company that received millions in EU money.