English |Taisiia Bakharieva04 apr., 2023
Russian captivity, a daughter left behind for half of a year
After nearly half a year in Russian captivity, Ukrainian military nurse Viktoria Obidina finally reunited with her young daughter who she’d been torn apart from at a Russian checkpoint just weeks after Russia invaded.Read more
“Everything is destroyed”: aerial images of Ukrainian town reveal post-apocalyptic scenes
Ukraine’s once flourishing town of Maryinka situated in the southeast Donetsk region now resembles a post-apocalyptic wasteland, satellite images reveal, highlighting the stark and brutal reality of Russia’s invasion.
The Organised Crime and Corruption Watch. Regional edition no2.: Stolen Millions in EU Funds (II)
Reporters from The Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) network uncovered in the past decade dozens of EU funds frauds.
Russia War Crimes Diary – Ukraine edition 19
As Russia’s bloody war against Ukraine grinds on, Kyiv is preparing to launch a much-anticipated counteroffensive against Moscow’s invading forces.
Billionaire Steinmetz sued OCCRP and RISE Project Romania and demanded the deletion and censorship of the investigations about him
Billionaire Benyamin Steinmetz is asking in court for the deletion of all investigations published by OCCRP and RISE Project and wants the journalists to be prohibited from publishing any other articles that refer to him in the future.
A Ukrainian teenager’s return from a Russian deportation camp
Ukrainian teenager Vitaliy Vertash is one of the thousands of children from the war-torn country to have been unlawfully deported to a Russian “re-education” camp for minors in territories occupied by Moscow.
Russia War Crimes Diary – Ukraine edition 18
For over a year now, Ukraine has been bravely facing down Russian aggression as Moscow’s forces attempt to undermine Ukrainian culture, language, and values, and above all, demoralise its people into abandoning the war effort.
The Organised Crime and Corruption Watch. Regional edition no1.: Stolen Millions in EU Funds
This is a collaborative newsletter researched by seven investigative outlets members of The Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project. The team will explore an organized crime or corruption topic for each edition and showcase the most relevant facts.
Russia War Crimes Diary – Ukraine edition 17
As Russia’s war against Ukraine grinds on a series of alleged war crimes are being levelled against Moscow. On Monday, the New York Times reported that the International criminal Court will open two war crimes cases
“Street littered with bodies”: a Ukrainian journalist first at the Bucha massacre
Dmytro Komarov, a Ukrainian journalist was one of the first to arrive at the gruesome scenes after the Russian soldiers retreated. A premiere of his new documentary was broadcast on the war’s anniversary in late February.
Russia War Crimes Diary – Ukraine edition 16
Indeed, a year later, Kyiv stands. A year later, Ukraine stands, and much of the free world stands with Ukraine.
“We sat and prayed”: detention in a Russian concentration camp
In the first week after Russia invaded Ukraine a year ago, Moscow’s forces rolled into the small northern village of Yagodnoye where they rounded up more than 350 locals, some at gunpoint, and led them into a cramped basement where they were detained for weeks in what has been described as a concentration camp.
Russia War Crimes Diary – Ukraine edition 15
But behind the high-level diplomacy and tragic accidents, the brutality of war continues to play out. War crimes continue to be logged organisations, journalists, and citizens in the hope of holding those responsible for war crimes to account.
“Hell on earth”: Civilians recount Russia’s deadly Dnipro strike
When air-raid sirens rang out over Ukraine’s southeastern city of Dnipro on a Saturday afternoon in mid-January, many continued with their daily tasks. Almost everyone, nearly a year after Russia launched its invasion, had grown accustomed to hearing the high-pitched battle warnings. Then the Russian missile struck.
Russia War Crimes Diary – Ukraine edition 14
Russian missiles this weekend struck a residential apartment block in the Ukrainian city of Dnipro where 1,700 people reportedly lived and left at least 40 people dead, Ukrainian authorities said. It is the deadliest attack on civilians in the war-torn country in months.
Russian War Crimes Diary: Ukraine edition 13
More than 10,000 Ukrainian children have been illegally deported to Russia, placed in orphanages or sanatoriums, and many ultimately adopted by Russian families, according to a report carried out by The Washington Post.
Russian War Crimes Diary: Ukraine edition 12
As Russia’s 10-month-old war rages on in Ukraine, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy made a series of daring trips this week to defy Moscow’s attempts to demoralize the war-torn nation as winter drags on.
Russian War Crimes Diary: Ukraine edition 11
As Moscow’s forces continue to bombard Ukraine with targeted attacks on energy infrastructure as winter takes hold, the embattled nation is making strides in its aerial defenses, according to the Ukrainian President.
Russian War Crimes Diary: Ukraine edition 10
Nearly 300 days have passed since Russia launched its bloody incursion into neighboring Ukraine. Since then, many Ukrainians count the war in days as a wry nod to Moscow’s failure to capture the capital Kyiv, in just three days as it had expected.
Russian War Crimes Diary: Ukraine edition 9
It’s been 10 months since Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine — a country whose people are now battling against winter as well as war.
Russian War Crimes Diary: Ukraine edition 8
The European Parliament this week voted overwhelmingly to recognise Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism, a move it said spotlighted “the atrocities carried out by Vladimir Putin’s regime against Ukrainian civilians,” and pushes for Russia’s further isolation internationally.
Russian War Crimes Diary: Ukraine edition 7
As Russia’s war in Ukraine drags into its ninth month, Moscow’s forces have this week been bombarding Ukraine’s energy infrastructure in the hope to leave the war-torn nation in the cold and dark as winter begins to grip.
Russian War Crimes Diary: Ukraine edition 6
Despite Russia intensifying its threat of new attacks, Ukraine continues its fight as it receives strong support from the U.S. and much of the western world. But as the war drags on, a key element is that of documenting Russian war crimes in detail – especially from de-occupied areas – which reporters from all over the world continue to do.
Russian War Crimes Diary: Ukraine edition 5
As Russia’s war in Ukraine drags on into its ninth month, concerns are growing over how the war-torn country can counter a Russian push to destroy energy infrastructure, triggering blackouts which risks leaving millions of Ukrainians in the dark without heating as winter approaches.
Russian War Crimes Diary: Ukraine edition 4
As Russia continues its onslaught of shelling against Ukraine, Ukrainians defending their homeland continue to exhibit remarkable bravery against Moscow’s bigger and more powerful forces.
Russian War Crimes Diary: Ukraine edition 3
As Moscow intensifies its strikes all over Ukraine in response to a series of humiliating battlefield losses, more civilians are losing their lives in the 9-month-old war.
Russian War Crimes Diary: Ukraine edition 2
Since Russia launched its invasion on Ukraine on 24 February, much of the Western world has faced down Moscow’s aims by rallying together to supply the war-torn nation with an unprecedented level of humanitarian and military aid.
Russian War Crimes Diary: Ukraine edition 1
As Russia’s war in Ukraine drags into its seventh month, more evidence of a shocking series of war crimes committed by Russian forces is coming to light.
INTERVIEW: “Panama Papers Marked a Change in Journalistic Behavior” – Frederik Obermaier
Frederik Obermaier: Offshore companies create a parallel world. We have the normal world where people on main street, you and me are living, and then you have to be parallel, offshore world, where the richest and super richest basically decide which laws they want to stick to and which ones not.
Automotive Industry Scores Billions for Their Polluting Hybrids from European Recovery Fund
European car manufacturers are some of the biggest beneficiaries of the European Recovery and Resilience Fund (RRF). These Brussels billions have been earmarked to accelerate the green transition. Problem is, part of these automotive investments could actually extend fossil fuel use, and with it, the stifling dependence on Russian gas and oil.
Brussels Conceals Records on Recovery Billions, Despite Transparency Pledge
EU member states and the European Commission negotiated behind closed doors on how to spend the Covid-19 recovery fund’s 723.8 billion euros. Journalists from across the bloc requested that the Commission provide insight into those discussions. But even though it pays lip service to the importance of transparency, the Commission is refusing to disclose hundreds of documents.
The Recovery Files: Scrutinising the Billions from Brussels
The EU has set up a 723.8 billion euro recovery fund to help member states boost their post-pandemic economy. But there is a lack of democratic oversight on how those European billions will be spent.