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 "John Breaux":

"… ce. 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 "oil":

"… ent should reimburse $50 billion to certain shareholders of former Russian oil company Yukos. The tribunal said the government, in a series of actions st …"

"… d seized the assets of Yukos and transferred them to Gazprom and state-run oil company Rosneft. Last month, Russian gas firm OAO Novatek retained&n …"

Russian gas company hires D.C. lobbyists

By Alexander Cohen

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sri Lanka":

"… s and individuals.” Among its other clients are Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, Sri Lanka and Bahrain. The news was first reported by the National Journal. Accordi …"

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 "Natural Resources Defense Council":

"… ajor ports, Holgate said. Some U.S. critics, such as Thomas Cochran of the Natural Resources Defense Council, depict this effort as a window-dressing unlikely to catch a terrorist’s …"

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 "U.S. government":

"… ity of their fissile materials and the transparency of their holdings, the U.S. government since the Johnson administration has declared that certain civilian nuclea …"

"… t of sites eligible for IAEA inspections out of security concerns. “The U.S. government faces a tradeoff often when it has facilities that are involved in sensiti …"

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 "Air Force":

"… our Military Treatment Facilities — administered by the Army, Navy, and Air Force respectively — have conducted business with RTI or its subsidiary, Tutog …"

Daniel Pearl Awards winners announced

ICIJ announces the winners of the 2011 Daniel Pearl Awards

Excerpts from this story referencing "World Health Organization":

"… RSI for Tamiflu, Inc. The investigation examined the decisions made by the World Health Organization and The Centers for Disease Control in light of the swine flu and H1N1 flu …"

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 "World Health Organization":

"… nial competition drew 70 entries from 30 countries. Topics ranged from the World Health Organization and Center for Disease Control’s handling of the swine flu and H1N1 flu …"

"… PR, Radio Canada/CBC, and Swiss TV TSI, examined the decisions made by the World Health Organization and The Centers for Disease Control in light of the swine flu and H1N1 flu …"

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 "satellite TV":

"… the mullahs took over. After he settled in Los Angeles, Homayoun started a satellite TV station to beam a message of civil resistance into the homes of Iranians.H …"

Russia's cigarette king practices strategic giving

By Roman Anin

Dominant vendor sets standard for connections

Excerpts from this story referencing "Prime Minister":

"… tional, Imperial Tobacco and Japan Tobacco International.Last fall Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin outlined a new policy for reducing smoking: tobacco adverti …"

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 "Tobacco":

"… ne and Moldova. Jin Ling was among the brands highlighted in a 2009 series Tobacco Underground, produced by the International Consortium of Investigative Jou …"

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 "Aram Roston":

"… about toxic waste dumping in Africa and a surprising exposé by freelancer Aram Roston, with The Nation, on payoffs by U.S. military contractors to the Tali …"

Overview: The tobacco lobby goes global

By Ricardo Sandoval Palos

The tobacco lobby goes global

Excerpts from this story referencing "Philip Morris International":

"… is difficult to quantify exactly how much is spent in developing nations. Philip Morris International and British American Tobacco do not report lobbying expenditures abroad as …"

The world's asbestos behemoth

By Roman Shleynov

Vast amounts shipped overseas, used at home

Excerpts from this story referencing "Prime Minister":

"… nt support. Controversy bypasses them, perhaps in no small measure because Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is their ally. Nothing, it seems, is allowed to interfere w …"

"… safe by the Chief Sanitary Officer of Russia, Nikitin says.In April 2009, Prime Minister Putin met with a group of labor leaders, including Andrei Kholzakov, chair …"

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 "Philip Morris International":

"… wife and three children to Panama to start work on anti-counterfeiting for Philip Morris International, a top multinational, he thought they would be safe.“You just never thin …"

"… other Dubai-based trader — Ahmed Barakat, who worked as a consultant for Philip Morris International from 2001 to 2007. Barakat declined to respond to questions from ICIJ.Sinc …"

Ukraine’s ‘lost’ cigarettes flood Europe

By Vlad Lavrov

Big tobacco’s overproduction fuels $2 billion black market

Excerpts from this story referencing "Philip Morris International":

"… ire operation. The world’s four leading multinational tobacco companies, Philip Morris International, Japan Tobacco International (JTI), Imperial Tobacco, and British American …"

"… say that Philip Morris’ brand L&M is routinely seized at the border. Philip Morris International’s director of brand integrity, Andrew Robinson, told ICIJ that the count …"

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 "Congress":

"… ems at the agency, which is under constant fire from the press, members of Congress, and patient safety groups for being too close to the drug industry. That …"

"… s a way to avoid getting into hot water with industry, which often goes to Congress to complain when it does not like an agency ruling. The researcher said, …"

SMOKE2U

By Te-Ping Chen

Tobacco sales take off in cyberspace

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tobacco":

"… ra, Turkey. Boasting names like BigChiefCigarettes.com, Smoke2U.com, and EZTobacco.com, the sites bear no apparent affiliation to one another, except that th …"

"… ccording to Jeff Cohen, associate chief counsel for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) Northeast division, it’s common for en …"

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 "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 "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 "Ukraine":

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

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 "Tobacco":

"… criminal networks to divert cigarettes to the world’s black markets. Big Tobacco was doing it for profit — to boost sales and gain market share — as it …"

"… e 2004, two major Tobacco companies, Philip Morris International and Japan Tobacco International, have agreed to pay a combined $1.65 billion to the European …"

"… Similarly, this July, Canada’s two largest cigarette companies, Imperial Tobacco Canada and Rothmans Inc., pleaded guilty to aiding smuggling during the ea …"

"… t trade has become much more complex.” Joossens also said that while Big Tobacco’s participation in cigarette smuggling in Western Europe and North Ameri …"

An opportunity seized

By Paul Radu

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Germany":

"… apons 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 helped the B …"

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