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Czech Republic: Financial Log-Rolling Via Offshore Companies

Czech Republic: Financial Log-Rolling Via Offshore Companies

A collection of documents leaked from a secretive offshores services firm in Panama shines a light on how some Czech business operatives were clandestinely linked to others in some of the country’s more notorious financial scandals. Details about these transactions are buried in the Panama Papers, a trove of internal data of Mossack Fonseca, a...

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Panama Papers: The Czech Republic

Panama Papers: The Czech Republic

Money laundering and tax evasion appear to be two reasons Czech citizens establish companies in offshore destinations. According to a World Bank study, about US$ 1 trillion flows through offshore jurisdictions every year. Of that stream, large chunks of the money is illegal and the people who benefit from it include politicians, fraudsters and drug...

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Czech Republic: The Million-Dollar Prosecutor

Czech Republic: The Million-Dollar Prosecutor

Josef Monsport is the sort of man who knows on which side his bread is buttered. During the Communist years in the former Czechoslovakia, he was a zealous public prosecutor. Indeed, Monsport became a symbol of rigid totalitarian repression with the 1986 case of the band Jazz Section (Jazzová sekce), when he proposed jail sentences...

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The Panama Papers

The Panama Papers

A massive leak of documents exposes the offshore holdings of 12 current and former world leaders and reveals how associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin secretly shuffled as much as $2 billion through banks and shadow companies. The leak also provides details of the hidden financial dealings of 128 more politicians and public officials around the world....

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Balkan Organized Crime Sets up in Prague

Balkan Organized Crime Sets up in Prague

Prague, the post-card perfect capital city of the Czech Republic, has long been hugely popular with tourists. But it’s also very popular with other, less desirable visitors: Balkan organized crime groups. Reporters for KRIK, working with the Czech Center for Investigative Reporting, discovered that dozens of companies established in the Czech capitol are directly linked to powerful...

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Azeri Enclave in Czech Republic

Azeri Enclave in Czech Republic

At Heydar Aliyev Airport in Baku, you can always count on the business class checkin line at the Azerbaijan Airlines Prague flight being just as long as the one for economy class. That’s because Azerbaijan’s ruling clique have made the Czech Republic a favored destination in recent years. They have come not just as high-end...