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A Real-Life Game of Monopoly in Mariánské Lázně

A Real-Life Game of Monopoly in Mariánské Lázně

The beauty of Mariánské Lázně, a Czech spa town located in West Bohemia, is so exceptional that it has actually become something of a disadvantage. Among other things, it attracts foreign investors searching for places to invest their money. Their priority is often only the ownership of a building and they care for its condition. The...

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A Vicious Cycle in Mariánské Lázně

A Vicious Cycle in Mariánské Lázně

Investment apartments have become the subject of a heated debate in Prague. The Czech Pirate party’s proposal to ascertain  the number of vacant apartments in the capital by monitoring their electricity consumption and then levy a tax on such apartments raised a wave of protest, criticism and coalition conflicts at Prague City Hall. However, two...

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Ex-Tajik Railways Chief’s Czech Bonanza

Ex-Tajik Railways Chief’s Czech Bonanza

Amonullo Hukumov, the former head of Tajik Railways, has told the media that neither he nor his wife own any real estate abroad. But records obtained by OCCRP show that his family has spent over $10.6 million on luxury real estate in two of the Czech Republic’s most popular tourist destinations. The hefty price tag...

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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...