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 "Politics":

"… lleagues 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 "White House":

"… azine, Timchenko is worth $14.5 billion. The two lobbyists are targeting a White House executive order, issued March 20, that authorized the Treasury Department …"

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 "White House":

"… Jonathan Lalley, a spokesman for the National Security Council, said the White House had no comment on “documents that purport to be deliberative drafts of t …"

"… are expected to announce the elimination or transfer of weapons materials, White House officials said, without providing details. Sources say one of them is Jap …"

"… ve truly made the world a safer place,” said Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, White House coordinator for countering Weapons of Mass Destruction, speaking to the Co …"

"… ve put significant security upgrades in place, said Matthew Bunn, a former White House official now teaching at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. The sit …"

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 "Kazakhstan":

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

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 "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 "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 "Canada":

"… r requests to Interpol are treated the same as those from democracies like Canada, Britain or France.In theory, Interpol cannot get involved in “any inter …"

Russia's cigarette king practices strategic giving

By Roman Anin

Dominant vendor sets standard for connections

Excerpts from this story referencing "Kalashnikov":

"… s of Mercury subsidiary OJSC V.A. Degtyarev Works — which specializes in Kalashnikov automatic rifles, anti-tank missiles and portable air-defense systems — …"

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 "United Arab Emirates":

"… uropean Union nations via ocean transports that stop at ports, many in the United Arab Emirates, for reloading in free-trade zones.According to Europol, the EU’s law en …"

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 "judge":

"… osecutors, paying almost $30 million in combined fines. In late October, a judge in Virginia sentenced Elkin to probation, saying the former tobacco execut …"

"… conduct business how it’s done in those countries or lose a market. The judge also characterized Elkin’s actions as similar to how the CIA gathers int …"

The world's asbestos behemoth

By Roman Shleynov

Vast amounts shipped overseas, used at home

Excerpts from this story referencing "Colorado":

"… nsactions with at least nine U.S.-based companies, registered in Delaware, Colorado, New York, and Oregon. At least three are listed as chrysotile dealers. Th …"

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 "manager":

"… er 2003, and Risheim was Philip Morris’s newly appointed brand integrity manager for the region. He’d been on the job just six months, but already seizur …"

"… well-known Western firm to conduct anti-counterfeit work in China, a local manager for that firm had developed close ties to the official State Tobacco Monop …"

"… itself is charged with investigating counterfeit cigarettes. Through that manager, the STMA would pass tips to the investigative firm, which in turn would c …"

Ukraine’s ‘lost’ cigarettes flood Europe

By Vlad Lavrov

Big tobacco’s overproduction fuels $2 billion black market

Excerpts from this story referencing "British American Tobacco":

"… is International, Japan Tobacco International (JTI), Imperial Tobacco, and British American Tobacco (BAT), have produced billions of excess cigarettes in Ukraine, fueling a t …"

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 "editor":

"… eputed “kingpin of Swiss contraband”; Croatian journalist Ivo Pukanic, editor of the Zagreb-based weekly Nacional, murdered in October 2008; and two Mon …"

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 "diabetes":

"… e had a either a heart attack, blocked arteries, or chronic chest pain; or diabetes, a stroke or clogged vessels in the neck or legs. By using high-risk patie …"

SMOKE2U

By Te-Ping Chen

Tobacco sales take off in cyberspace

Excerpts from this story referencing "Cigarette":

"… cations, from New York City to Ankara, Turkey. Boasting names like BigChiefCigarettes.com, Smoke2U.com, and EZTobacco.com, the sites bear no apparent affiliati …"

"… torneys General are actively pushing the optimistically titled Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking (PACT) Act, which would — among other provisions — make fa …"

Made to be smuggled

Russian contraband cigarettes ‘flooding’ EU

Excerpts from this story referencing "Croatia":

"… ng as the Russian brand Jin Ling in Macedonia, Bosnia, Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, Greece, and Egypt. His patent lawyer, Leonid Cotruta, told an ICIJ report …"

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 "Bulgaria":

"… fter an OLAF investigation found that transit cigarettes sold by Tlais for Bulgaria were instead being sold off in Greece. Tlais was considered an accessory t …"

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 "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 "Human Rights Watch":

"… left out the names of the countries at the request of the U.S. government, Human Rights Watch, an international civil liberties organization, obtained European flight r …"

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