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  • Serbian Government Assets Revealed

    KRIK decided to focus on revealing corruption and crime at the highest levels of power. In late 2015 our team of journalists started to expose the hidden assets of Serbian politicians, as well as their relationship networks and potential wrongdoing. Our first discovery in this field was that Sinisa Mali, the Mayor of Belgrade, has secretly bought 24 resort apartments on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast through offshore companies from British Virgin Islands. This story has attracted huge attention from the Serbian public and it was picked up in all Serbian media. That inspired us to continue to investigate the mayor’s business deals in 2016 but also expand our investigation on other political elites. This one year investigation resulted in publishing a complete database of assets and businesses of all ministers from the new Serbian government in December 2016. https://imovinapoliticara.krik.rs/display/
  • Panama Papers

    The Panama Papers investigation reveals the offshore links of some of the globe’s most prominent figures. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung and more than 100 other media partners spent a year sifting through 11.5 million leaked files to expose the hidden financial dealings of world leaders, fraudsters, gangsters, drug traffickers, billionaires, celebrities, sports stars and more. The investigation revealed companies that helped fuel Syria’s deadly air war and a network of people close to Russian President Vladimir Putin that secretly moved as much as $2 billion through banks and offshore companies.
  • Panama Papers

    The Panama Papers investigation, based on a massive leak of secret offshore records, exposed shell companies linked to 140 politicians in more than 50 countries – including 12 current or former world leaders. The investigation also exposed offshore companies tied to mega-banks, bribery scandals, drug kingpins, American fraudsters, arms traffickers and a network of people close to Russian President Vladimir Putin that shuffled as much as $2 billion around the world. The project was led by the Center for Public Integrity's International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and involved more than 100 news organizations from 80 countries. In all, more than 370 journalists were involved in the collaboration.
  • Secrecy for Sale: Inside the Global Offshore Money Maze

    “Secrecy For Sale: Inside The Global Offshore Money Maze” is one of the largest and most complex cross-border investigative projects in journalism history. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists collaborated with 112 journalists in 58 countries in stripping away the biggest mystery associated with tax havens: the owners of anonymous “shell companies,” which are the tools of choice for money launderers, tax dodgers and other financial wrongdoers. The reporting was based on 2.5 million secret files related to 10 offshore centers. The files contain details on more than 120,000 offshore companies and trusts and nearly 130,000 individuals and agents, in more than 170 countries and territories.
  • Hidden Wealth of Azerbaijan President

    The President of oil-rich Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, has been compared to a Mafia crime boss in US diplomatic cables, and man analysts refer to him as a dictator. OCCRP looked deeper than those labels and found that the Aliyev family has systematically grabbed shares of the most profitable businesses in the country. Investigative reports by OCCRP and Radio Free Europe have revealed and more importantly proven for the first time that the ruling family has secret ownership stakes through offshore companies in the country’s largest businesses, including banks, construction companies, gold mines and phone companies. The government Aliyev runs gave these shares. The family also has secretly amassed high-end property in places like the Czech Republic. The Azeri government responded to the revelations first with silence and now claims that OCCRP is an agent of the rival Armenian government. Aliyev’s administration also failed to investigate the harassment and blackmail of OCCRP and RFE journalist Khadija Ismayilova earlier this year. While Azerbaijan has worked at improving its image worldwide, OCCRP’s reporting makes clear that a petty dictatorship remains in control.
  • Hidden Wealth of Azerbaijan President

    The President of oil-rich Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, has been compared to a Mafia crime boss in US diplomatic cables, and man analysts refer to him as a dictator. OCCRP looked deeper than those labels and found that the Aliyev family has systematically grabbed shares of the most profitable businesses in the country. Investigative reports by OCCRP and Radio Free Europe have revealed and more importantly proven for the first time that the ruling family has secret ownership stakes through offshore companies in the country’s largest businesses, including banks, construction companies, gold mines and phone companies. The government Aliyev runs gave these shares. The family also has secretly amassed high-end property in places like the Czech Republic. The Azeri government responded to the revelations first with silence and now claims that OCCRP is an agent of the rival Armenian government. Aliyev’s administration also failed to investigate the harassment and blackmail of OCCRP and RFE journalist Khadija Ismayilova earlier this year. While Azerbaijan has worked at improving its image worldwide, OCCRP’s reporting makes clear that a petty dictatorship remains in control.
  • Manager with the Vintu Empire-Inmate at the Chisinau Penitentiary

    Sorin Ovidiu Vintu is the owner of the “most important and dynamic media empire in Romania.” He owns a number of media outlets and began expanding in neighboring countries. For years, Vintu’s source of income was unknown, until recently the media empire began losing money and the details came pouring out. The article brings to light the unknown details of his media empire, including details associated to his companies.
  • "Illegal...And Thriving"

    PartyGaming Inc., a British company that operates on-line gambling sites, is at the vanguard of a global goldrush. Even though 90 percent of PartyGaming's revenues come from the U.S., and the Justice Department swears that online gambling is 100 percent illegal, nothing has been done to stop the trend. And with billions of dollars of potential revenues involved, land-based U.S. casinos are eager to get a piece of the on-line action.
  • Dan Gordon, Merrill Lynch and the Missing $43 Million

    Dan Gordon, a 24-year-old Merrill Lynch energy trader, embezzled $43 million from the world's largest securities firm, which ignored warnings of criminal conduct by Gordon and which didn't disclose the theft until after it was reporter by Bloomberg News, three years after Gordon's crimes. Four months after the first Bloomberg News story, Gordon pleaded guilty to fraud, money laundering, and conspiracy.
  • Tax Cheats

    The Times reports on how companies and rich families use off-shore services -- such as registering in Bermuda, under the advice of Ernst & Young -- to avoid paying taxes. The stories reveal that the federal government has lost billions of dollars each year in evaded taxes. As a result of the uproar, many Republicans in Congress have broken with the party leadership and have voted to tighten the legal loophole.