Ex-senators Breaux and Lott confirm lobbying for Russian bank on Ukraine sanctions

By Alexander Cohen

A new filing says two former senators were part of a team that earned $150,000 for roughly a month of work.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Trent Lott":

"… k remain in place. Douglas Birch contributed to this report. …"

Russian bank hires two former U.S. senators

By Alexander Cohen

U.S. sanctions against Russia are becoming a boon for Washington's lobbyists.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… petitioning former colleagues on behalf of clients, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. In 2008, they started a lobbying firm with their sons, Breaux Lott Leader …"

Russian gas company hires D.C. lobbyists

By Alexander Cohen

D.C. firm will fight U.S. sanctions

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Treasury":

"… In April, fourteen of Timchenko’s other companies were sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury. On July 17, the U.S. imposed more sanctions against Russian firms, inclu …"

Obama curbs nuclear security goals as bomb-building budget grows

By Douglas Birch

The White House rejected a confidential proposal to accelerate work on nuclear security problems despite a missed 2013 deadline.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bush administration":

"… trator for the NNSA’s Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation office during the Bush administration; and Harvard researcher Nickolas Roth, in their own, 32-page report.& …"

Improving security for nuclear explosives remains a diplomatic struggle

By Douglas Birch

A two-day international summit attended by President Obama next week is unlikely to move beyond stopgap measures and vague promises.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama":

"… t the March 24-25 summit in the Netherlands — convened at President Obama’s initiative — for the first time includes a suggestion that nati …"

"… y. At a speech in Seoul during the 2012 nuclear security summit, President Obama summarized U.S. concerns about plutonium stockpiles. “We simply can’t …"

"… ect or consolidate their stocks of weapons-grade uranium. Since President Obama took office in 2009, the number of countries with at least one kilogram of …"

Global progress seen in securing nuclear materials

By Douglas Birch

Ranking given to the United States for its security of nuclear materials slips over the past two years.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ukraine":

"… . The countries were Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Mexico, Sweden, Ukraine and Vietnam. But he said inadequate security for fissile materials still …"

Authorities in the U.S., U.K. and Australia announce new international tax haven investigation

Government data appears similar to 2.5 million secret files unearthed by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Croatia":

"… zerbaijan, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy …"

Onshore and offshore realms equally secretive in Greece

By Harry Karanikas

Onshore and offshore realms equally secretive in Greece

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ukraine":

"… nding outside the country. Via the ICIJ forum, Vlad Lavrov from Ukraine, Roman Shleynov from Russia, and Frederik Obermaier from Germany …"

Two Center projects win 'Best in Business' award

By The Center for Public Integrity

Society of American Business Editors and Writers name two projects 'Best in Business'

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ukraine":

"… Consortium of Investigative Journalists (USA) Vlad Lavrov, The Kiev Post (Ukraine) Martina Keller, freelance (Germany) Thomas Maier, Newsday and News12 Long …"

IMPACT: RTI Biologics suspends import of human tissue from Ukraine

By Kate Willson

Medical implants manufacturer has for years relied on Ukrainian suppliers for significant amount of human tissue

Excerpts from this story referencing "spokeswoman":

"… of 10 Ukrainian morgues that supply Tutogen, according to Ines Schantz, a spokeswoman for the Upper Bavarian government in Germany. But the company withdrew its …"

IMPACT: Pentagon, Congress probe tissue contracts

By Thomas Maier, Kate Willson and Michael Hudson

Did U.S. gov't buy questionable human tissue products?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Florida":

"… contracts between the Department of Veterans Affairs and RTI Biologics, a Florida-based manufacturer of medical implants made from human bones, skin, ligame …"

Daniel Pearl Awards winners announced

ICIJ announces the winners of the 2011 Daniel Pearl Awards

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ukraine":

"… aturday at the seventh Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Kiev, Ukraine. The top exposés deal with offshore crime networks and international sex …"

ICIJ unveils Daniel Pearl Awards finalists

By Steve Carpinelli

ICIJ Announces the Finalists for the 2011 Daniel Pearl Awards for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… he International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, a project of the Center for Public Integrity.This year’s biennial competition drew 70 entries from 30 countries. Topi …"

"… d exposes the truth.”William E. Buzenberg, the executive director of the Center for Public Integrity said, “I’m delighted to announce these seven finalists. Their work exe …"

Interpol's Red Notices used by some to pursue political dissenters, opponents

By Libby Lewis

Inadequate checks, balances raise human rights concerns

Excerpts from this story referencing "Yaron Gottlieb":

"… ity. It’s actually written in its rules.In winter, on a gray day, lawyer Yaron Gottlieb sat inside Interpol’s fortress-like headquarters in Lyon and explained I …"

Russia's cigarette king practices strategic giving

By Roman Anin

Dominant vendor sets standard for connections

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tobacco":

"… world’s largest Tobacco companies, Philip Morris International, Imperial Tobacco and Japan Tobacco International.Last fall Russian Prime Minister Vladimir …"

"… Tobacco companies, Philip Morris International, Imperial Tobacco and Japan Tobacco International.Last fall Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin outlined a n …"

"… id.Around the world, anti-Tobacco activists are gaining ground against Big Tobacco, pushing tough new controls in many countries. But nations like Russia pos …"

"… nations and emerging markets like Russia. These nations have provided Big Tobacco a rich source of new revenue.Global health statistics put numbers behind t …"

Europol: Climate is right for increased tobacco smuggling

By Inga Springe

Tobacco smuggling costs EU nations $12 billion each year

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ukraine":

"… Sea region – of genuine low-cost cigarettes produced in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova and targeted for western countries with high tobacco taxes.The …"

"… eap whites” brand is Jin Ling, produced in massive quantities in Russia, Ukraine and Moldova. Jin Ling was among the brands highlighted in a 2009 series To …"

ICIJ accepting entries for Daniel Pearl Awards

Entries for the 2011 Daniel Pearl Awards for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting are now being accepted

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ukraine":

"… tober at this year’s Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Kiev, Ukraine. There is no entry fee. For application information and awards criteria, p …"

Overview: The tobacco lobby goes global

By Ricardo Sandoval Palos

The tobacco lobby goes global

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tobacco":

"… world’s population, have signed onto the WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control – a legally binding international standard that governments can …"

"… arette taxes. With all this pressure, it’s easy to believe that Big Tobacco is down and out.But in five decades of fighting public health advocates ov …"

"… to be an effective brawler when its revenues are threatened. In fact, Big Tobacco may well have an answer to its woes: emerging markets and developing count …"

"… roduct of all but 40 countries.An upward curveWhile smart business for Big Tobacco, it may well be a public health disaster for nations targeted by the indus …"

The world's asbestos behemoth

By Roman Shleynov

Vast amounts shipped overseas, used at home

Excerpts from this story referencing "Germany":

"… ed chrysotile to developing countries. The Marvol Group — established in Germany, with offices in Cape Town, Amman, and Moscow — controlled about seven p …"

The counterfeit cops

By Te-Ping Chen

Private investigators fight a hidden war against knock-off cigarettes, electronics, toothpaste, and more

Excerpts from this story referencing "Global Witness":

"… ute in Dubai as part of an assignment for the London-based advocacy group, Global Witness, and e-mail records obtained by ICIJ show he also hoped to meet with anoth …"

Ukraine’s ‘lost’ cigarettes flood Europe

By Vlad Lavrov

Big tobacco’s overproduction fuels $2 billion black market

Excerpts from this story referencing "Germany":

"… r other European countries where high taxes make packs cost as much as $5 (Germany) or $10 (United Kingdom).The backbone of this underground commerce — the …"

"… ortionate to local demand,” and cigarettes were widely being smuggled to Germany. BAT stated in the report that the company’s actions helped reduce the s …"

"… h Dmytruk responded by saying that delivery of red Marlboro can be made to Germany at 18 Euros (about US$25) per carton. The minimum purchase: 1,000 cartons. …"

The Montenegro connection

By Leo Sisti

“My little cat … I’m going crazy without you …. You have repeatedly betrayed me, I think …. Little cat, when are you coming? ... I love you,

Excerpts from this story referencing "Croatia":

"… etching into 10 countries: not only Italy and Montenegro, but also Serbia, Croatia, Greece, Germany, Switzerland, Cyprus, the Netherlands, Liechtenstein, Aru …"

"… uickly with Yugoslavia’s bloody collapse in 1991 and ’92, as Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia Herzegovina and Macedonia all seceded. Montenegro remained in a fe …"

"… ainly tax havens, like Cyprus and Switzerland, as well as the Netherlands, Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, and the United States.The court records have been seale …"

"… mugglers turned informants; the reputed “kingpin of Swiss contraband”; Croatian journalist Ivo Pukanic, editor of the Zagreb-based weekly Nacional, murde …"

Painkiller trial raises questions for FDA, Pfizer

By Shannon Brownlee and Jeanne Lenzer

In February 2005, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) called a three-day hearing to review the risks of three painkillers known as C

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Food and Drug Administration":

"… its outcome unknown and its justification under fire. …"


By Te-Ping Chen

Tobacco sales take off in cyberspace

Excerpts from this story referencing "UPS":

"… commitment from credit card companies and common carriers such as DHL and UPS to stop allowing their services to facilitate the trade. At the New York D …"

Made to be smuggled

Russian contraband cigarettes ‘flooding’ EU

Excerpts from this story referencing "France":

"… a, Romania, Greece, Turkey, Italy, Bulgaria, the Netherlands, Belgium, and France.None of the packs contains the correct large mandatory health warning noti …"

"… babwe; filters from the Baltic republics, paper from Switzerland, Germany, France, and Sweden; glue from the Czech Republic and Baltic republics; flavorings …"

"… y in stock and infrastructure, including brand new machinery from Germany, France, and the Netherlands.Jin Ling’s origins date back to an obscure Chinese …"

Going undercover

Inside Baltic Tobacco’s smuggling empire

Excerpts from this story referencing "manager":

"… hered the reporters into an office to meet Dmitry Gyrja, BTF’s logistics manager. “We haven’t worked with Romania before, but we’d be really happy to …"

"… ks. “We sell them for 20.5 US cents a pack, duty free.”The company’s manager boasted that they could make an entire container of 10 million cigarettes …"

"… loading as they were shown into and around the factory. BTF’s logistics manager told the reporters that they were manufacturing 120 containers every month …"

"… roken down into small quantities by armies of personal smugglers and their managers.Peddlers’ booths lined the roadside. Reporters observed as Russian cust …"

Blame the distributor

By Drew Sullivan and Paul Radu

How Gallaher stayed in the smuggling game

Excerpts from this story referencing "Judge":

"… il, in fact, the company prevailed in its U.K. legal dispute with TEL when Judge Christopher Clarke ruled that Gallaher had sufficient cause to cancel its …"

"… , not Gallaher, for indiscriminately selling cigarettes to known smugglers.Judge Clarke, however, did not let Gallaher off the hook. In his 326-page ruling …"

"… melex’s staff was a British manager named Michael Clarke (no relation to Judge Clarke, who heard the Tlais case in London). Namelex’s Clarke began to w …"

"… y Gallaher — and Tlais was a prime suspect. In his ruling against Tlais, Judge Clarke found it likely that “well over 50 percent of the cigarettes supp …"

The team


Find out about the people who helped make Tobacco Underground

Excerpts from this story referencing "D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation":

"… New York, the Ford Foundation, Greenlight Capital LLC Employees, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Open Society Institute, the Park Foundation,  the Rockefeller Br …"


By Marina Walker Guevara

Tobacco is the most widely smuggled legal substance, and it's trafficking fuels organized crime and corruption

Excerpts from this story referencing "Philip Morris International":

"… n on the illicit cigarette trade. Since 2004, two major tobacco companies, Philip Morris International and Japan Tobacco International, have agreed to pay a combined $1.65 billi …"

"… ket. Each year, the world’s four top multinational tobacco companies — Philip Morris International, Japan Tobacco International, Imperial Tobacco, and British American Tobac …"

An opportunity seized

By Paul Radu

In its zeal to please U.S., Romania tramples foreigners' rights

Excerpts from this story referencing "France":

"… ological weapons team — to Iraq. Coming at a time when major NATO powers France and Germany had refused to participate in the Iraq war, Romania's support …"