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Panama Papers: The Aftermath

A new leak of Mossack Fonseca’s documents offer an almost first-hand account of the now-defunct Panamanian law firm’s meltdown in the wake of the publishing of the original Panama Papers investigations. Employees frantically emailed bankers, accountants and lawyers who had hired the firm to set up shell companies for their wealthy clients.
“The client disappeared! I cannot find him anymore!!!!!!!” one intermediary wrote.

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President Poroshenko’s Lawyers Go on the Defensive

Several weeks before the publication of the original Panama Papers investigation in April 2016, the Cyprus lawyers for Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko asked employees at Mossack Fonseca, the Panamanian law firm at the center of the leaks, to make changes in documents related to Poroshenko’s firm reporters were asking about.
A Welcoming Caribbean Shore for High-Level Romanian Fugitives 
They were once two of the most powerful women in Romania — a top government minister and a chief prosecutor. But when they found themselves fugitives, convicted on corruption charges and facing years in prison, they chose the same escape: Costa Rica.

Steppe to Soho: How Millions Linked to Kazakhstan Mega-Fraud Case Ended up in Trump Property

The Trump SoHo tower in New York has been one of Trump’s most scrutinized developments. Among other controversies, it has been alleged in court that three condominiums in the building were purchased using funds linked to a massive fraud case in the former Soviet republic of Kazakhstan.

Secret Deals Undermined Tech Firm Working for Russian Military

A new technology company that was to produce items Moscow can no longer import because of sanctions is a telling example of how public-private partnerships tend to work in Russia.
Three people involved in the setup of the company are relatives of senior government officials. Offshore deals allowed two of them to obtain significant parts of the firm for very little money while the state invested tens of millions.

Italy Cracks Down on Counterfeit Goods

Italy plans to crack down on the production and sale of counterfeit shoes, bags, clothes and other items in and around the country’s beaches, which provide up to US$26 billion in annual turnover for organized criminal groups.

U.S. “Zero Tolerance” Policy May Increase Organized Crime

President Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy on illegal immigration is likely to bolster organized crime.

Spanish Police Expect 100 Arrests in Operation Against Armenian Mafia

The alleged Armenian mafia members are suspected of drug and arms trafficking, money laundering, robbery, extortion, tobacco smuggling and tennis-match fixing.
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