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Azerbaijani businessman murdered in Prague

Azerbaijani businessman murdered in Prague

Rashad Gafarov, a Azerbaijani businessman who owned businesses in the Czech Republic, sent LCM Alliance €54,900 ($71,043) from his personal account at a Czech bank, allegedly for construction materials. In June 2017, he was murdered. His car crashed into a truck on a one-way street in Holešovice, an arty Prague neighborhood. Doctors treating the injured driver discovered that his injuries did not correspond to a car crash–he had suffered multiple stab wounds. Police quickly classified the case as a murder investigation and the case is still pending. Born in Azerbaijan, Gafarov opened his first transport company in the Czech Republic...

Azeri Corruption Fighter’s Hidden Empire

Azeri Corruption Fighter’s Hidden Empire

Ali Nagiyev, 59, is a busy man. His job is to fight corruption in Azerbaijan, one of the most corrupt countries in the world. As a deputy chief of the Anti-Corruption General Directorate with the Prosecutor General, Nagiyev is supposed to investigate state officials for conflicts of interest, nepotism, and other abuses. As such, he is one of the key law enforcement figures who would be responsible for investigating the Azerbaijani Laundromat, a multipurpose money laundering platform and slush fund used by the country’s ruling elite for a long list of probable financial crimes. But there’s one problem. Ali Nagiyev,...

Lev Leviev’s Empire: Diamonds and Real Estate Across the World

Lev Leviev’s Empire: Diamonds and Real Estate Across the World

Denis Katsyv’s companies are closely connected to the business empire of Lev Avnerovich Leviev, the billionaire Israeli-Russian businessman whose empire stretches across the world. According to company records, Katsyv’s company, Prevezon Holdings Limited Cyprus, owns 30 percent of four companies that are part of Leviev’s Africa Israel group of companies. Africa Israel Ltd. The Prevezon-AFI connections can be seen in property records from New York where the companies are in business together. Leviev was born in Uzbekistan in 1971, but at 15 he emigrated with his parents to Israel. After serving in the army he became an apprentice at a small diamond factory....

Veaceslav Platon – Mastermind of Russian Laundromat

Veaceslav Platon – Mastermind of Russian Laundromat

An Instagram photo showing a Bentley Continental GT V8 doing 250 kilometers an hour reads “We take off. #IAmRocket #Gagarin.” Elina Cobaleva, a Russian celebrity stylist, sits behind the wheel. She is the ex-wife of Veaceslav Platon, a Moldovan businessman, and one of the country’s richest men. The two were married in 2001 and divorced in 2014. Using banking and customs records, RISE Moldova, an OCCRP partner, tracked the purchase of the Bentley and discovered that the luxury car was paid for with money received from the Russian Laundromat, a US$ 20.8 billion financial fraud scheme uncovered by OCCRP in...

The Russian Laundromat Superusers Revealed

The Russian Laundromat Superusers Revealed

Behind the superstructure of banks, courts, and businesses real and fake that comprised the Laundromat are three Russian businessmen whose firms took in enormous sums – Alexey Krapivin, Georgy Gens, and Sergy Girdin. Last year’s Panama Papers leak of secret financial documents revealed the three to be the real owners of a number of offshore companies. Some of those companies were active in the Laundromat, OCCRP has discovered. None of these men had any comment for this report, and none has been held responsible in the scheme to date by any authorities. Alexey Krapivin Redstone Financial Ltd. from Belize and...

Following the Magnitsky Money

Following the Magnitsky Money

As Russian tax lawyer Sergei Magnitsky slowly died in a Russian prison from abuse and neglect, US$230 million (5.4 billion Russian Rubles) in taxes stolen from his client disappeared into a maze of phantom companies, crooked banks and offshore accounts.  Magnitsky, accused of the largest tax scam in Russian state history despite being the whistleblower who reported it, knew who pulled off the theft but not who the powerful people behind them were. He died rather than admit to a crime he didn’t do. Magnitsky was the loser.  But the winners until now have not been identified. Reporters from the...