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Influential Armenians have business in Czech Republic

Influential Armenians have business in Czech Republic

When we asked our friend, a member of the Armenian community in the Czech Republic, if he knew a man called Shant Aleksanyan, he answered: “He’s like a specter.” This reply startled us. It turns out that many in the community have heard of Aleksanyan and know that he has many businesses in the country, including a casino in the town of Železná Ruda, a town in the Pilsen Region of the Czech Republic near the German border. But they have never seen Aleksanyan, nor can they point him out in a crowd. The Aleksanyan family has no links to the local Armenian community....

New offshore database coming from Bahamas

New offshore database coming from Bahamas

New revelations published today by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung and news organizations from Europe, South America, Asia and Africa reveal fresh information about offshore companies in the Bahamas. Alongside detailed reporting, ICIJ, Süddeutsche Zeitung and other media partners are making details from the Bahamas corporate registry available to the public. This creates, for the first time, a free, online and publicly-searchable database of offshore companies set up in the island nation that has sometimes been called “The Switzerland of the West.” “We see it as a service to the public to make this basic kind of information...

Making a Killing: The €1.2 Billion Arms Pipeline to Middle East

Making a Killing: The €1.2 Billion Arms Pipeline to Middle East

As Belgrade slept on the night of Nov. 28, 2015, the giant turbofan engines of a Belarusian Ruby Star Ilyushin II-76 cargo plane roared into life, its hull laden with arms destined for faraway conflicts. Rising from the tarmac of Nikola Tesla airport, the hulking aircraft pierced the Serbian mist to head towards Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. It was one of at least 68 flights that in just 13 months transported thousands of tons of Central and Eastern European weapons and ammunition to Middle Eastern states and Turkey which, in turn, funneled arms into brutal civil wars in Syria and Yemen, the Balkan...

Making a killing: 68 weapons flights in detail

Making a killing: 68 weapons flights in detail

Over the past 13 months, at least 68 cargo flights from Serbia, Slovakia, Bulgaria and Czech Republic have carried thousands of tons of munitions to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Jordan, three key suppliers of the Syrian rebels. Of the 68 flights identified, 50 were officially confirmed to have carried arms and ammunition. An additional 18 flights were identified as very likely to have been carrying arms and ammunition based on one of three variables: the air freight company’s history of weapons supplies; connections to earlier arms flights; or a destination of a military airport. Learn more...

Offshore leaks database

Offshore leaks database

One of the biggest leaks in journalistic history reveals the secretive offshore companies used to hide wealth, evade taxes and commit fraud by the world’s dictators, business tycoons and criminals. Find out who’s behind more than 785,000 offshore companies, foundations and trusts from the Panama Papers, the Offshore Leaks, the Bahamas Leaks and the Paradise Papers investigations. Please, forward to https://offshoreleaks.icij.org     SUPPORT investigace.eu read more

John Doe’s Manifesto: The Revolution Will Be Digitized

John Doe’s Manifesto: The Revolution Will Be Digitized

More than a year ago the Süddeutsche Zeitung was contacted by a source who was intent on staying anonymous. The source called himself “John Doe” and offered internal data belonging to the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca. The Süddeutsche Zeitung decided to analyze the data in cooperation with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). In the course of the research the cooperation was extended to include more than 100 media organizations from over 80 countries. The publication of the Panama Papers caused an enormous stir all over the globe: Politicians and functionaries had to resign, there was a large...