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 "lobbyist":

"… ormer senators. The new filing confirms that Breaux and Lott “acted as a lobbyist” on issues related to sanctions, but also states that they “are no lon …"

"… sanctions, but also states that they “are no longer expected to act as a lobbyist” for the bank. Gazprombank is Russia’s third largest bank. On July 16 …"

"… financing with U.S. institutions. Lott and Breaux were listed as the main lobbyists in that initial lobbying registration. The new disclosure covers the peri …"

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 "Patton Boggs":

"… ed as the main lobbyists under the Gazprombank account for the firm Squire Patton Boggs, lobbying on “banking laws and regulations including applicable sanction …"

"… eaux Lott Leadership Group, which was acquired by D.C.-lobbying powerhouse Patton Boggs in 2010. Patton Boggs merged with Squire Sanders to form Squire Patton Bog …"

"… roup, which was acquired by D.C.-lobbying powerhouse Patton Boggs in 2010. Patton Boggs merged with Squire Sanders to form Squire Patton Boggs in June. Gazprom h …"

"… tton Boggs in 2010. Patton Boggs merged with Squire Sanders to form Squire Patton Boggs in June. Gazprom has been in the news a lot. In July, The Permanent Court …"

Russian gas company hires D.C. lobbyists

By Alexander Cohen

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ukraine":

"… rlier this year for that country’s alleged role in the unrest in eastern Ukraine. Timchenko sold his stake in another firm, the Gunvor Group, one of the wo …"

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 "National Security Council":

"… cial said, Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, nonproliferation coordinator on the National Security Council, agreed with Sylvia Burwell, director of the Office of Management and Budg …"

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 "Department of Energy":

"… theory to fuel tens of thousands of weapons. Jonathan Wolfsthal, a former Department of Energy official and as a special advisor to Vice President Joe Biden for nuclear …"

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 "Nuclear Threat Initiative":

"… n. But the ranking given by the group — a nonprofit entity known as the Nuclear Threat Initiative — to U.S. security measures slipped during the period, the report stated …"

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 "India":

"… , Costa Rica, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kosovo, Latvia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Netherl …"

Onshore and offshore realms equally secretive in Greece

By Harry Karanikas

Onshore and offshore realms equally secretive in Greece

Excerpts from this story referencing "Germany":

"… Ukraine, Roman Shleynov from Russia, and Frederik Obermaier from Germany provided valuable answers to my questions about the findings. In one way o …"

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 "South Korea":

"… (Czech Rep.) Alexenia Dimitrova, 24 Chasa (Bulgaria) Nari Kim, Channel A (South Korea) Fraud and Folly: The Untold Story of General Electric’s Subprime Debac …"

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 "Germany":

"… ording to Ines Schantz, a spokeswoman for the Upper Bavarian government in Germany. But the company withdrew its licenses to import tissue from Ukraine into …"

"… . But the company withdrew its licenses to import tissue from Ukraine into Germany on August 20.The German government subsequently cancelled its plans to ins …"

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 "Ukraine":

"… July that RTI had obtained tissues from suppliers in the U.S. and the Ukraine that have been investigated for allegedly forging documents or bullying fa …"

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 "Germany":

"… nka.China used Interpol to target Uighur political leader Dolkun Isa, whom Germany had designated as a political refugee.Pakistan used Interpol to list the l …"

"… ecurity German prison after he tripped the Interpol alert.Both Denmark and Germany have reviewed Russia’s case against him and refused to extradite him to …"

"… case against him and refused to extradite him to Russia. After its review, Germany sent him home from prison with an armed escort. “We have to protect you …"

Russia's cigarette king practices strategic giving

By Roman Anin

Dominant vendor sets standard for connections

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 "Germany":

"… ium of Investigative Journalists. Jin Ling has captured 20 percent of Germany’s tobacco black market, Europol said.China, the world’s leading tobacc …"

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 "Center for Public Integrity in Washington":

"… onal Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), a project of the Center for Public Integrity in Washington, D.C. Formerly the ICIJ Awards, the prizes were renamed in 2008 in honor o …"

Overview: The tobacco lobby goes global

By Ricardo Sandoval Palos

The tobacco lobby goes global

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ukraine":

"… l growth rate of 10 percent, citing sales successes in places like Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, and Malaysia. British American Tobacco (BAT) boasted in its 2009 …"

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 "consultant":

"… to meet with another Dubai-based trader — Ahmed Barakat, who worked as a consultant for Philip Morris International from 2001 to 2007. Barakat declined to res …"

"… l Chow, an Ohio State University law professor and former tobacco industry consultant, local authorities are rarely responsive. In China, he says, investigators …"

"… says. The counterfeiters would tap his office phones, too, as would other consultants receiving commissions from the investigations industry. At one point, the …"

Ukraine’s ‘lost’ cigarettes flood Europe

By Vlad Lavrov

Big tobacco’s overproduction fuels $2 billion black market

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ukraine":

"… ght, and that strong winds had blown him over the border from Hungary into Ukraine. But the man arrested by Ukrainian authorities last July, with his flight …"

"… er hang-gliding smugglers along the border — smugglers who take off from Ukraine, fly into Hungary, and each drop as much as 100 cartons of contraband ciga …"

"… nto Hungary, and each drop as much as 100 cartons of contraband cigarettes.Ukraine is home to some of the world’s cheapest cigarettes — at $1.05 per pack …"

"… ish American Tobacco (BAT), have produced billions of excess cigarettes in Ukraine, fueling a teeming black market that reaches across the European Union. To …"

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 "Caribbean":

"… ortuga of the Adriatic sea,” they wrote, comparing the Balkan state to a Caribbean island notorious for its pirates. “A heaven for illicit trafficking; imp …"

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 "Pfizer":

"… d two other painkillers, ibuprofen and naproxen. The study is sponsored by Pfizer, the maker of Celebrex. And both Pfizer and Nissen believe the study is ba …"

"… aproxen. The study is sponsored by Pfizer, the maker of Celebrex. And both Pfizer and Nissen believe the study is badly needed to find out which of these dr …"

"… brought to market amid great fanfare in the late 1990s. In November, 2001, Pfizer introduced a third COX-2, Bextra. These drugs, hailed as “super-aspirins …"

"… s already there.By the time the joint COX-2 committee was called to order, Pfizer, the manufacturer of Celebrex, had already laid plans for a “longer term …"

SMOKE2U

By Te-Ping Chen

Tobacco sales take off in cyberspace

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ukraine":

"… see a lot of sites operating outside the country: Moldova, Israel, Russia, Ukraine,” Kaplan said. Despite states’ best efforts, she said, “We haven’t …"

Overview

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 "Ukraine":

"… ng Western brand that costs little more than $1 in a low-duty country like Ukraine can sell for up to $10 in the U.K.) That potential profit offers a strong …"

"… ears into an often violent black market, law enforcement officials say.• Ukraine’s “Lost” Cigarettes Flood Europe: Big Tobacco’s Overproduction Fee …"

"… d British American Tobacco — produce and import 30 billion cigarettes in Ukraine beyond what the country can consume, fueling a $2 billion black market tha …"

"… g a $2 billion black market that reaches across the European Union. Today, Ukraine is rivaled only by Russia as the top source of non-counterfeit cigarettes …"

Made to be smuggled

Russian contraband cigarettes ‘flooding’ EU

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ukraine":

"… the world’s largest tobacco companies. Its factory network in Russia and Ukraine was previously owned and run by subsidiaries of Japan Tobacco Internationa …"

"… Kaliningrad’s port. They also offer shipments from their Lviv factory in Ukraine, through the Black Sea port of Odessa.Overland to Germany, and from Baltic …"

"… ed two new cigarette manufacturing machines in a third factory, at Lviv in Ukraine. The company said that it planned to install 6 more machines during 2007 t …"

"… s independently identified five factories, located in northwestern Russia, Ukraine, and in the Krasnodar region of southern Russia, where Kazakov was born.Al …"

Going undercover

Inside Baltic Tobacco’s smuggling empire

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ukraine":

"… ring to deliver cigarettes from factories in either Kaliningrad or Lviv in Ukraine.“We work very well through the port in Kaliningrad, where we can also ma …"

Blame the distributor

By Drew Sullivan and Paul Radu

How Gallaher stayed in the smuggling game

Excerpts from this story referencing "Africa":

"… nsultant who worked with Gallaher and Philip Morris in the Middle East and Africa. Arjes stated in a deposition for the U.K. case that Gallaher was deeply i …"

"… ai-based company as its major distributor. The goods were soon diverted to Africa and across Eastern Europe, including to smuggling havens in Latvia, Ukrain …"

The team

By ICIJ

Find out about the people who helped make Tobacco Underground

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ukraine":

"… g (China), Alain Lallemand (Belgium), Aamir Latif (Pakistan), Vlad Lavrov (Ukraine), William Marsden (Canada), Paul Christian Radu (Romania), Mabel Rehnfeldt …"

An opportunity seized

By Paul Radu

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bagram Air Base":

"… uch down at Băneasa airport outside Bucharest.The jet's previous stop — Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, where the U.S. has a detention facility for terrorism susp …"

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