Romania’s powerful mayors tumble in corruption crackdown

October 8, 2015

Former presidential candidate and two-term mayor of Bucharest Sorin Oprescu took to the airwaves in September to right a few wrongs about how local officials are perceived in Romania. “Everyone believes that everybody in local administration are thieves, that they all take 10-15 percent,” he told a local television journalist. “We are not all thieves […]

This Guy Developed Computer Software to Map Corruption Between Colombian Authorities and Organized Crime Groups

October 8, 2015

While the British government is often accused of perpetrating all sorts of grim evils, they’ve generally managed to steer clear of corruption allegations. Because government corruption, as we’re all taught from birth, only happens in places like Moldova and Mexico, where gangsters bribe politicians and buy themselves complete immunity. Of course, politicians aren’t the only […]

Macedonia ‘Censorship Bill’ Shelved Amid Protests

October 8, 2015

Parliament withdraws controversial bill banning publication of material related to mass surveillance claims, as anti-government protesters rally in Skopje. The Macedonian Parliament has confirmed a controversial government-backed bill that would have criminalised the publication of material related to allegations of mass unlawful wiretapping has been withdrawn. Parliament announced the bill had been withdrawn in a […]

Former United Nations General Assembly President Charged in Bribery Scheme

October 7, 2015

Criminal complaint names six people in wide-ranging scheme alleged to involve Chinese business people NEW YORK—A former president of the United Nations General Assembly and five others were accused Tuesday of engaging in a bribery scheme, part of what federal authorities said was a wider probe into corruption in the top ranks of the international […]

Montenegro Activists Defy ‘Unlawful Protest’ Ban

October 7, 2015

Opposition politicians and activists pledge to continue protests across Montenegro, despite a police ban on ‘unauthorised’ demonstrations outside the capital. Hundreds of protesters in several major towns demonstrated on Monday against Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic’s administration, which they accuse of widespread corruption, undemocratic practices and election fraud. The main opposition party alliance, the Democratic Front, […]

Macedonia Plans to Ban Publishing of Wiretaps

October 7, 2015

Macedonia’s ruling parties have proposed outlawing the publication of any materials related to the illegal surveillance claims that have shaken Nikola Gruevski’s government.   Macedonia’s main ruling VMRO DPMNE party and its junior partner, the Democratic Union for Integration, DUI, on Tuesday submitted a draft law that aims to outlaw the publication and re-publication of […]

Alpine Bau Chief Probed over Albanian Highway Deal

October 6, 2015

Austrian prosecutors are reviewing evidence uncovered by BIRN about a mysterious offshore company suspected of involvement in bribing an Albanian official.   Dietmar Aluta-Oltyan Photo by: Michel Heidi / Verlagsgruppe News /   Austrian prosecutors allege that Dietmar Aluta-Oltyan, arguably the most powerful figure at the now bankrupt Austrian construction company Alpine Bau, was […]

B&H: New Power Plant on Ground Zero Project

October 6, 2015

While the dust is still settling on news that millions were wasted on a failed collaboration with Czechs in Gacko, the Republika Srpska government announces a new power project involving a Chinese firm. Nearly ten years ago a new power plant in Gacko in collaboration with Czechs was announced. It has never got off the […]

Bulgaria: Alleged ‘Cocaine King’ Makes Surprise Court Appearance, Dispels Rumors He Fled Justice

October 6, 2015

Bulgaria’s alleged ‘Cocaine King’ Evelin Banev, alias Brendo, has made a surprising appearance in a Sofia courtroom, dispelling media reports that he had left the country. After going missing for a year and a half, Brendo arrived in Sofia Appellate Court on Sept. 28 for the restart of the € 12.5 million (US$ 14 million) […]

15 Years of reforms: What worked best? Chisinau, 28 September 2015

October 5, 2015

On the occasion of 15 years of Regional Anti-corruption Initiative (RAI),in cooperation with  with National Anti-corruption Center of Moldova, RAI Secretariat organized a Regional Conference titled 15 Years of reforms: What Worked Best), in Chisinau, Moldova on September 28, 2015. More than 60 experts in the field of anti-corruption, media freedoms and justice as well […]