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 "Patton Boggs":

"… with the U.S. Senate. The former senators and their colleagues at Squire Patton Boggs in Washington, D.C., were retained over the summer by a banking subsidiary …"

"… have done or are still doing for the bank. Three other members of Squire Patton Boggs have worked with Breaux and Lott on the Gazprombank account, according to …"

"… ring the Clinton-Bush transition, according to their biographies on Squire Patton Boggs website. Neither Breaux, Lott or Squire Patton Boggs responded to the Cen …"

"… iographies on Squire Patton Boggs website. Neither Breaux, Lott or Squire Patton Boggs responded to the Center’s inquiries. Sergey Perminov of Gazprombank’s …"

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 "Ukraine":

"… ), a Russian bank targeted with sanctions by President Obama over the Ukraine crisis, has hired two former U.S. senators to lobby against those sanction …"

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 "Ukraine":

"… le material on their territories that could be used in a weapon, including Ukraine,” she said. “Think how differently we would be thinking about the Ukra …"

"… aine,” she said. “Think how differently we would be thinking about the Ukraine situation now if the 50 kilograms of highly-enriched uranium — that's a …"

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 "Department of Energy":

"… ch reactor wastes, in order to prepare them for disposal, according to the Department of Energy. As part of its effort to press other governments to enhance the security …"

"… cy’s Vienna headquarters. He said he was told about the arrangement by a Department of Energy official. Energy agency officials in Washington did not immediately respo …"

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 "Sri Lanka":

"… uay, Philippines, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, an …"

Onshore and offshore realms equally secretive in Greece

By Harry Karanikas

Onshore and offshore realms equally secretive in Greece

Excerpts from this story referencing "deputy director":

"…  Offshore Leaks investigation started in September 2012. ICIJ's deputy director, Marina Walker Guevara, sent me a list of Greek names they had extrac …"

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 "Michael Hudson":

"… Untold Story of General Electric’s Subprime Debacle Contributors: Michael Hudson, Scott Reckard More than 200 working journalists and academics served as …"

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 "New York":

"… tes. Records show the company has offered Ukrainian tissue to hospitals in New York. German officials had planned a September inspection of 10 Ukrainian …"

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 "ICIJ":

"… e United States.“I’m honored to present this outstanding work,” said ICIJ Director Gerard Ryle, the group’s first non-American director. “We are …"

"… fficient governments fail.      Formerly the ICIJ Award, the Pearl prize was renamed in 2008 in honor of Wall Street Journal …"

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 "Ukraine":

"… clude Honduras, Albania, Russia, Belarus, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Pakistan, Ukraine, Vietnam, Paraguay, Tajikistan, Venezuela, Libya, Bangladesh, Indonesia, 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 "International Consortium":

"… ts around the world. This inquiry, sponsored by the Washington, D.C.-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, has uncovered a long list of aggressive indu …"

"… an get away with it.”Ricardo Sandoval Palos is a project manager for the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. Traver Riggins in Washington, Solomon Adebay …"

The world's asbestos behemoth

By Roman Shleynov

Vast amounts shipped overseas, used at home

Excerpts from this story referencing "Chrysotile":

"… Denis Nikitin, a spokesman for Russia’s asbestos lobby group, the Chrysotile Association, told the International Consortium of Investigative Journalist …"

"… the Uralasbest union and the International Trade Unions Alliance for Chrysotile (named after Chrysotile, the form of asbestos widely used today). Kho …"

"… entiment is muted at best. The few opposition groups are outmuscled by the Chrysotile Association, which boasts of backing from an alliance of workers — “Fo …"

"… ssociation, which boasts of backing from an alliance of workers — “For Chrysotile” — that claims 12 million members in more than a dozen countries, incl …"

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 "Dusanka Pesic Jeknic":

"… cat, when are you coming? ... I love you, little cat.” On Jan. 4, 2001, Dusanka Pesic Jeknic, representative of the Montenegrin trade mission in Milan, Italy, was spea …"

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 "Merck":

"… nd benefits of the painkillers.The previous September, pharmaceutical firm Merck had withdrawn Vioxx voluntarily, shortly before evidence surfaced to sugge …"

"… nd strokes — a problem that exceeded its protective benefit. By the time Merck pulled Vioxx from the market, in September 2004, it appeared that Celebrex …"

"… l’s advice. In April 2005, the agency ordered Bextra off the market, and Merck later voluntarily decided not to reintroduce Vioxx. But instead of urging …"

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 "China":

"… valent to 7 percent of legal EU cigarette imports.Originally imported from China, Jin Ling features a king-size packet design that closely resembles the le …"

"… an old name for the city Nanjing.) In the last years of the Soviet regime, China bartered supplies of Jin Ling cigarettes for Russian machinery. But the tr …"

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 "Ukraine":

"… Africa and across Eastern Europe, including to smuggling havens in Latvia, Ukraine, and Montenegro. When U.K. customs officials asked to see documentation, G …"

The team

By ICIJ

Find out about the people who helped make Tobacco Underground

Excerpts from this story referencing "Argentina":

"… dt (Paraguay), Roman Shleynov (Russia), Leo Sisti (Italy), Daniel Santoro (Argentina), Marcelo Soares (Brazil), Drew Sullivan (Bosnia-Herzegovina), Kate Willso …"

An opportunity seized

By Paul Radu

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ukraine":

"… sion of Iraq. The newspaper said the fax identified Romania — along with Ukraine, Kosovo, Macedonia and Bulgaria — as a host of secret interrogation site …"

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