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 "Russia":

"… er Sens. Trent Lott and John Breaux were part of a team paid $150,000 by a Russian bank to lobby on U.S. sanctions over the Ukraine crisis, according to a n …"

"… ington, D.C., were retained over the summer by a banking subsidiary of the Russian oil giant Gazprombank and lobbied the Senate and the Department of State …"

"… e no longer expected to act as a lobbyist” for the bank. Gazprombank is Russia’s third largest bank. On July 16 — a month and a half before Brea …"

"… ing — the U.S. Treasury Department added the bank to a list of Russian firms barred from debt financing with U.S. institutions. Lott and Breaux …"

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 "Yukos":

"… eimburse $50 billion to certain shareholders of former Russian oil company Yukos. The tribunal said the government, in a series of actions starting in 2003 …"

"… serious due process violations,” had dismantled and seized the assets of Yukos and transferred them to Gazprom and state-run oil company Rosneft. Last m …"

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 "Barack Obama":

"… to put its money where its mouth is.” …"

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 "spokesman":

"… ng to a source who has followed the negotiations closely. Ward Bezemer, a spokesman for the Netherlands Foreign Ministry and head of press communications for …"

"… ’re trying to keep away from terrorists,” he said. Jonathan Lalley, a spokesman for the National Security Council, said the White House had no comment on …"

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 "Japan":

"… nstitute of Physics and Technology, Tatsujiro Suzuki, vice chairman of the Japan Atomic Energy Commission, and Matthew Bunn, professor at Harvard’s Belfe …"

"… 4 countries — including Argentina, Australia, China, France, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, the United Kingdom, t …"

"… increased their stocks of nuclear explosives since 2012, the report noted. Japan and the United Kingdom added to their civilian stocks, while India and Pak …"

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 "France":

"… ter the articles ran, Europe’s five biggest economic powers — Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain — announced they would begin regularly exchang …"

"… ed with journalists from The Guardian and the BBC in the U.K., Le Monde in France, Süddeutsche Zeitung and Norddeutscher Rundfunk in Germany, The Wash …"

"… Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kosovo, Latvia, M …"

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 "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 "Russia":

"… known side to Interpol's work:  In cases from countries such as Iran, Russia, Venezuela and Tunisia, Interpol Red Notices are not only being used for l …"

"… ” said the U.S. Helsinki Commission’s Kyle Parker, who has studied how Russia uses Interpol.“A Red Notice can be even more effective than the judicial …"

"… cement and the judicial system. Those countries include Honduras, Albania, Russia, Belarus, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Pakistan, Ukraine, Vietnam, Paraguay, Taj …"

"… the independent non-governmental organization Freedom House. These include Russia and Belarus — the fourth and fifth most frequent sources of public Red N …"

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 "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 "Turkey":

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

The world's asbestos behemoth

By Roman Shleynov

Vast amounts shipped overseas, used at home

Excerpts from this story referencing "Vietnam":

"… eading customers:  Thailand, China, and India, followed by Indonesia, Vietnam, and Iran.Unlike another major exporter, Canada, which uses relatively lit …"

"… ostanai Minerals. The asbestos was sent to India, China, Iran, Turkey, and Vietnam.Kostanai Minerals and Minerals Global Trading did millions of dollars in b …"

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 "Ukraine":

"… nce, China, had his arm macheted off by local cigarette counterfeiters. In Ukraine, just prior to the 2005 Orange Revolution, one operative working for a mul …"

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 "Liechtenstein":

"… so Serbia, Croatia, Greece, Germany, Switzerland, Cyprus, the Netherlands, Liechtenstein, Aruba, and the United States. So far, two key witnesses and five others m …"

"… t allegedly disappeared in at least two obscure companies with accounts in Liechtenstein banks.“I’m Home, Little Cat”At 10:13 pm on Feb. 24, 2001, Milo Djuka …"

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 "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 …"

Made to be smuggled

Russian contraband cigarettes ‘flooding’ EU

Excerpts from this story referencing "Baltic Tobacco Factory":

"… 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 largest to …"

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

"… udgets,” OLAF said in response to inquiries from ICIJ.To investigate the Baltic Tobacco Factory, ICIJ reporters went undercover and visited its Kaliningrad plant in June …"

"… in parallel to supply narcotics.‘We Cannot Meet Demand’In Russia, the Baltic Tobacco Factory has been a business success story. The company was officially incorporated …"

Going undercover

Inside Baltic Tobacco’s smuggling empire

Excerpts from this story referencing "Baltic Tobacco Factory":

"… was available to smugglers, in huge quantities, from its manufacturer, the Baltic Tobacco Factory.Kaliningrad can be a dangerous place to ask questions about smuggling. The …"

"… that law enforcement does not know what is going on.”To investigate the Baltic Tobacco Factory company (BTF) in the high risk environment of Kaliningrad, ICIJ’s report …"

"… nently marked in red and blue with the crest and name, in Cyrillic, of the Baltic Tobacco Factory. …"

Blame the distributor

By Drew Sullivan and Paul Radu

How Gallaher stayed in the smuggling game

Excerpts from this story referencing "Gallaher":

"… althy trading family, Tlais was doing, he said, exactly what his supplier, Gallaher Tobacco, had told him to do: quickly dumping large amounts of cigarettes o …"

"… mugglers a windfall.In fact, Tlais had even signed a unique deal with both Gallaher — the U.K.’s largest cigarette manufacturer — and the U.K. customs s …"

"… d selling them overseas. If anyone deserved a red card, Tlais felt, it was Gallaher for coming up with the plan.Yet just a few months later, in January 2005, …"

"… for coming up with the plan.Yet just a few months later, in January 2005, Gallaher told Tlais that it could no longer send his company cigarettes because he …"

The team


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 …"


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 …"

An opportunity seized

By Paul Radu

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Jordan":

"… uring 2003 and 2004, Romania expelled 44 foreigners, including citizens of Jordan, Syria and Turkey. The majority of the expulsions were carried out at the …"