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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...

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 Panamanian legal firm doing business in offshore tax havens for clients who want to hide their identities and/or holdings. The data was obtained by the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung and shared by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists with the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting...

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 traffickers as well as billionaires, celebrities and sports stars from many countries. Moving the money around requires a special set of tools: lawyers, other offshore companies, fake company directors and shareholders, often called proxies; banks willing to look the other way and “formation agents” who...

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 for up to 8 years for a group of overly independent jazz musicians – just for playing jazz. But just a couple of years later, when the Communist regime was overthrown in the 1989 Velvet Revolution, Monsport changed his political colors to become a high-profile...

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. The cache of 11.5 million records shows how a global industry of law firms and big banks sells financial secrecy to politicians, fraudsters and drug traffickers as well as billionaires, celebrities and sports stars. These are among the findings of a yearlong investigation by the...