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Kazakhstani Initiative on Asset Recovery
Freedom Holding Corp: Brazen Sanctions Evasion, Hallmarks Of Fabricated Revenue and Risky Bets with Commingled Customer Funds

Background: A $4.6 Billion Market Cap Online Brokerage Business Formerly Based In Moscow, Later Moved To Kazakhstan Freedom Holdings is…

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Opaque off­shore trans­ac­tions at London-based Kazphosphate

An MP and a cam­paign­er call for author­i­ties to inves­ti­gate anony­mous loans to the UK firm, which until last year…

New plan puts UK at the fore­front of fight against eco­nom­ic crime

Government, law enforce­ment and pri­vate sec­tor agree on a new plan to crack down on mon­ey laun­der­ing, klep­toc­ra­cy and sanctions…

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The Unrevealed David Merkel’s Lobbying Secrets

David A. Merkel, a for­mer U.S. State Department offi­cial, pro­motes the inter­ests of for­mer for­eign gov­ern­ment prin­ci­pals accused of corruption.…

Legal cud­gels help the rich dodge scrutiny

Alarm among cor­po­rate inves­ti­ga­tors high­lights the dan­ger posed by sweep­ing pri­va­cy rules Imagine you are a dodgy tycoon called Boris Ripzemov.…

Sanctions eva­sion in Central Asia

The coun­tries of Central Asia and oth­er mem­bers of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and the Commonwealth of Independent States…

CORRUPTION OFFENCES: Government of Kazakhstan in the ERG Board of Directors

STATEMENT (in accor­dance with Article 181 of the Code of Criminal Procedure of the Republic of Kazakhstan) On October 27,…

How oli­garchs use Brussels to laun­der their reputations

When the police raid­ed the home of the for­mer social­ist MEP and lawyer Pier Antonio Panzeri and found €500,000 in…


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12 May: New US sanc­tions tar­get trust com­pa­nies and cor­po­rate ser­vice providers for the first time

While the indus­tries are now barred from work­ing with any­one inside Russia, pro­fes­sion­al enablers of finan­cial secre­cy in states like…

09 May: Pandora Papers shed light on ‘gate­keep­ers’ of dirty mon­ey says European watchdog

MONEYVAL rebuked gov­ern­ments across Europe for fail­ing to com­bat mon­ey laun­der­ing or police lawyers, accoun­tants and oth­er pro­fes­sion­als who facilitate…

03 May: ICIJ pub­lish­es final batch of Pandora Papers data on more than 9,000 off­shore com­pa­nies, trusts and foundations

The Offshore Leaks Database spans five dif­fer­ent leaks, and now includes infor­ma­tion on off­shore com­pa­nies, foun­da­tions and trusts from seven…

21 Apr: Lawmakers in US push to uncov­er rich­es shield­ed by state secre­cy laws

Amid the hunt for Russian assets, reform­ers say finan­cial trans­paren­cy in the U.S. is long over­due. Lawmakers in one of…