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Russia’s Putin fires economy minister over bribery charges

December 4, 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin dismissed Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev on Tuesday over allegations he extorted a $2 million bribe from top oil producer Rosneft, a case that could expose fault lines in the Russian leader’s inner circle. Ulyukayev, a 60-year-old technocrat whose ministry oversees a politically-charged sale of state assets, is the highest-ranking Russian official […]

Tens of thousands march in Tel Aviv against ‘government corruption’

December 4, 2017

Tens of thousands of people have protested in Tel Aviv against what they say is corruption within the government and the slow pace of investigations against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu is suspected of receiving luxury gifts from wealthy supporters and has also faced police questioning over a secret deal he allegedly sought for favourable […]

Poland: Court Administrators Charged with Corruption

December 1, 2017

Former administrators of 10 courts in southern Poland have been charged with corruption amid an ongoing probe, according to a report. They have been charged with accepting financial gain in exchange for favouritism in decisions to place orders for services provided to a court of appeals in the city of Kraków, the niezalezna.pl news website […]

Saudi Arabia: 201 people held in $100bn corruption inquiry

November 10, 2017

An estimated 1,700 bank accounts have been frozen in inquiry observers say is power grab by crown prince to sideline rivals. More than $100bn (£76bn) has been misused through corruption and embezzlement in Saudi Arabia in recent decades, the country’s attorney general has said, as he announced the detention of 201 people as part of a […]

Paradise Papers leak reveals secrets of the world elite’s hidden wealth

November 7, 2017

The world’s biggest businesses, heads of state and global figures in politics, entertainment and sport who have sheltered their wealth in secretive tax havens are being revealed this week in a major new investigation into Britain’s offshore empires. The details come from a leak of 13.4m files that expose the global environments in which tax […]

Saudi princes among dozens detained by new anti-corruption committee

November 6, 2017

A new anti-corruption committee has reportedly detained 11 princes, four current ministers and dozens of former ministers in Saudi Arabia. It came as part of a series of sweeping changes by the Middle Eastern nation’s King Salman who removed one of the royal family’s most prominent members as head of the National Guard and boosted the kingdom’s young […]

Simple Rules and Transparency Key to Reducing Corruption, Says Mungiu-Pippidi

October 31, 2017

Low levels of regulation, minimal government intervention, and transparency are essential to reducing corruption, but can only be effective in a society where an independent media and judiciary can empower active citizenship, said Alina Mungiu-Pippidi, who chairs the European Research Centre for Anticorruption and State-Building (ERCAS) at Hertie School of Governance.​ Mungiu-Pippidi delivered her lecture […]

Rome’s Trevi fountain turns red after activist uses dye to protest ‘corruption’

October 27, 2017

An Italian activist has poured red dye into the Trevi Fountain 10 years after he pulled the same stunt. Graziano Cecchini insisted that the dye wouldn’t harm the fountain and was intended as a protest against Rome’s corruption and filth. According to witnesses, Cecchini managed to climb onto the side of the fountain and pour […]

European Public Prosecutor’s Office: a breakthrough in the fight against corruption

October 12, 2017

Today, the decision by 20 EU Member States to create a European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) is a breakthrough in the EU’s efforts to fight corruption, according to Transparency International EU, the anti-corruption NGO. The EPPO, which will be an independent EU body based in Luxembourg, will have the authority to investigate and prosecute fraud, corruption and […]

Brazil’s top court approves new graft probe of President Temer

September 13, 2017

A Brazilian Supreme Court judge on Tuesday authorized an investigation of President Michel Temer for suspected corruption involving a decree regulating ports, adding to graft allegations the president has so far parried with backing from Congress. The new investigation is based on a wiretapped conversation of a former Temer aide, Rodrigo Rocha Loures, who, according […]



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