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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 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...

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 Balkan organized crime groups that make their money from drug trafficking, murder-for-hire and cigarette smuggling. Some of these companies are engaged in the gambling business and control chains of casinos. Others look like offshore paper companies without offices, financial reports or any information on record...

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 tourists to see its rich historical sites and natural beauty – but as investors as well. Officials of oil-rich Azerbaijan, including members of the Aliyev ruling family, have established companies in Prague, bought land, and built hotels and luxury villas most of them focused around...

Jail Crunch

Jail Crunch

OCCRP journalists conducted dozens of interviews with convicted criminals throughout Eastern Europe. The videos are an extension of the Jail Crunch visualization and provide a personal window into how crime works in the region. Every few weeks, OCCRP will release a new inmate interview shedding light on how common crimes work across Eastern Europe. All the data are available on Jail Crunch project. 

Czech Center for Investigative Journalism

Czech Center for Investigative Journalism

investigace.cz brings original investigative stories about cross border organized crime and its impact on the Czech Republic. The website is run by the Czech Center for Investigative Journalism, a non profit organization founded by a group of journalists in 2013. We are the sole Czech representatives in the international investigative networks, Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project and International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. Thanks to our international cooperation we have brought to the Czech media ground breaking investigations such as the Panama Papers. We want to inform the public about the influence of financial crime on Czech politics and economy so that people...