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 "Senate":

"… count, according to a lobbying disclosure statement filed Aug. 11 with the Senate. On its website, Qorvis says it “crafts stories that need to be heard, c …"

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 "Senate":

"… g nuclear arsenal. Sen. Jeff Sessions, an Alabama Republican, at a March 5 Senate Strategic Forces Subcommittee hearing, called the White House’s pro …"

"… dgeting reflects excessive zeal to implement Obama’s pledge, made during Senate debate over ratification of a 2010 nuclear arms treaty with Russia, that h …"

"… modernize the nuclear weapons that remained after agreed reductions. At a Senate Energy and Water appropriations subcommittee hearing April 9, Sen. Diane F …"

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 "Washington":

"… is concise and modest. But its uncertain fate symbolizes the uphill battle Washington faces in moving the biennial summits beyond what critics depict as stopgap …"

"… those programs. The communiques from the two previous nuclear summits in Washington in 2010 and Seoul in 2012 mentioned plutonium only once, calling on all co …"

"… eduction of about one third, according to the Nuclear Threat Initiative, a Washington-based nonprofit group that promotes tighter security measures for fissile …"

"… Japan. But some nonproliferation experts have expressed frustration that Washington has secured only vague security commitments from some countries. Administ …"

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 "Russia":

"… antity of the nuclear materials within their borders. The experts included Russia’s Anatoly Diakov, a professor at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Tec …"

"… g Argentina, Australia, China, France, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States and Vietnam. …"

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 "Ukraine":

"… Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, and Venezuela. About the International Co …"

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 "Ukraine":

"… obal trade in human tissue has suspended its partnership with suppliers in Ukraine, where authorities have carried out multiple investigations over allegatio …"

"… 30 procurement agencies in the United States as well as in places such as Ukraine. The company supplies hospitals in more than 30 countries and in all fifty …"

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

"… uthorities continue to investigate human tissues already imported from the Ukraine.ICIJ's eight-month investigation revealed that Tutogen, which was acquired …"

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 "ICIJ":

"… professional standard to which all investigative reporters aspire.” Said ICIJ Director Gerard Ryle: “The winning entries show the power and value of i …"

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 "Ukraine":

"… tober at this year’s Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Kyiv, Ukraine. The finalists are:Tamiflu: This multi-country investigation involving col …"

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 "Peru":

"… list in 2009 — after Rosales sought, and later won, political asylum in Peru.Since then Rosales has been quietly scrubbed from Interpol’s public webs …"

Russia's cigarette king practices strategic giving

By Roman Anin

Dominant vendor sets standard for connections

Excerpts from this story referencing "Asia":

"… at OJSC V.A. Degtyarev Works — which sells military equipment in Africa, Asia and the Middle East through the Russian government’s military goods expo …"

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 "Gro Harlem Brundtland":

"… in the United States or Western Europe.“This was our experience,” said Gro Harlem Brundtland, former WHO director general who led the international body in the years b …"

The world's asbestos behemoth

By Roman Shleynov

Vast amounts shipped overseas, used at home

Excerpts from this story referencing "Moscow":

"… ity of Asbest, in the Ural Mountains 900 miles (1500 km) northeast of Moscow, the dominance of Russia’s asbestos industry — the world’s largest …"

"… ol Group — established in Germany, with offices in Cape Town, Amman, and Moscow — controlled about seven percent of Uralasbest until 2006. The company w …"

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 "Tobacco":

"… industry as an example, companies like Philip Morris and British American Tobacco work with dozens of investigators and informants around the world.Of cours …"

"… local manager for that firm had developed close ties to the official State Tobacco Monopoly Administration, which itself is charged with investigating counte …"

Ukraine’s ‘lost’ cigarettes flood Europe

By Vlad Lavrov

Big tobacco’s overproduction fuels $2 billion black market

Excerpts from this story referencing "Japan Tobacco International":

"… four leading multinational tobacco companies, Philip Morris International, Japan Tobacco International (JTI), Imperial Tobacco, and British American Tobacco (BAT), have produced …"

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 "Ukraine":

"… has largely been replaced with new routes from Russia, China, Poland, and Ukraine. But the years of black market activity, allegedly presided over by Djukan …"

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 "Ukraine":

"… tients from 637 sites in countries that include the United States, Canada, Ukraine, Mexico, Peru, and Colombia to take Celebrex, naproxen, or ibuprofen. Neit …"


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 …"

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 "Eastern Europe":

"… s its major distributor. The goods were soon diverted to Africa and across Eastern Europe, including to smuggling havens in Latvia, Ukraine, and Montenegro. When U. …"

The team


Find out about the people who helped make Tobacco Underground

Excerpts from this story referencing "Carnegie Corporation":

"… n for Tobacco-Free Kids.In addition, organizational support is provided by Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Ford Foundation, Greenlight Capital LLC Employees, the Jo …"


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 "Cigar":

"… he way, with huge numbers failing to arrive at their intended destination. Cigarettes, for example, may sit for weeks in free trade zones in Panama or Duba …"

"… ong our findings:• Terrorism and Tobacco: Extremists, Insurgents Turn to Cigarette Smuggling. Terrorists are increasingly turning to Cigarette smuggling …"

"… A Massive Underground Industry Makes China the World Leader in Counterfeit Cigarettes. China now produces an unprecedented 400 billion counterfeit Cigarett …"

"… ent black market, law enforcement officials say.• Ukraine’s “Lost” Cigarettes Flood Europe: Big Tobacco’s Overproduction Feeds $2 Billion Black M …"

Made to be smuggled

Russian contraband cigarettes ‘flooding’ EU

Excerpts from this story referencing "Baltic Tobacco":

"… ropean Union.The organization behind this fast expanding black market, the Baltic Tobacco Factory (BTF) of Kaliningrad, Russia, has links to two of the world’s la …"

"… garette brand designed and manufactured only for smuggling.Operation BalticBaltic Tobacco Factory’s headquarters is in Kaliningrad, a slice of Russian territory a …"

"… ing and organized crime. In the city of Kaliningrad, the regional capital, Baltic Tobacco’s eight-acre complex of factories, offices and warehouses is discreetly …"

"… circuitously through Lithuania, Latvia, Belarus, and Russia. Officials at Baltic Tobacco recommend sea routes to their clients, as they can deliver containers dire …"

An opportunity seized

By Paul Radu

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "SRI":

"… without legal proceedings. They haven't been seen in Iaşi since.What the SRI did not explain was why such supposedly dangerous terrorists were simply k …"

"… story in the Romanian newspaper Jurnalul National, officials from the SRI, Romania's domestic intelligence agency, depicted the group as an al Qaeda …"

"… ow to use the Internet for stealth communication." In a press release, the SRI described the group's members as "trained in techniques to resist interrog …"

"… t more faithful [to Islam] than the others." He said he suspected that the SRI staged the arrests to justify the need for strict new national security la …"