Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project

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AbbreviationOCCRP
Formation2006
Founder• Paul Radu
• Drew Sullivan
TypeInternational non-governmental organisation
Member ofEXPOSE Network
Sponsored byInternational Center for Journalists, Luminate, Open Society Foundations, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Sigrid Rausing Trust, UK/FCO, US/Department of State, USAID
Integrity Initiative connected group

The Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) was created by Paul Radu and Drew Sullivan in 2006. It shares an interest in Russian Propaganda with the Integrity Initiative.

Own Description

It is a cross-border network of Eastern European independent media and non-profit organisations, counting the Rise Project and Novaya Gazetta (the newspaper Anna Politkovskaya – the Russian journalist murdered in 2006 for opposing Vladimir Putin – worked for) among its members.

By publishing freely-accessible, groundbreaking investigative articles in English and Russian, the OCCRP hopes to help local populations realise the impact of organised crime and corruption on their lives.

With a resource centre and data visualisations, as well as all the documents used to support the articles freely available, the OCCRP also has something of an educational mission: to inspire people to pursue their own investigations.[1]

Funding

The groups main sponsors are connected to the US deep state, with predictable consequences on its reporting.[citation needed]

Activities

The group's activities overlap with those of the Integrity Initiative. It publishes its stories through local media and in English and Russian through its website.

Panama Papers

Full article: Panama Papers

OCCRP worked on the Panama Papers project with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and Süddeutsche Zeitung producing more than 40 stories on corruption through the use of offshore entities, where the focus f.ex. was on "how friends close to" Russian President Vladimir Putin were receiving large sums of money through offshore companies, but conspicuously few revelations of US activities.

Russian Laundromat

Full article: Russian Laundromat

The group's looked at an massive money laundering scheme, the Russian Laundromat, that allegedly moved tens of billions of dollars into Europe using offshore companies, fake loans and bribed Moldovan judges.

"Person of the Year Award"

Since 2012, OCCRP has dedicated the Person of the Year Award that "recognizes the individual or institution that has done the most to advance organized criminal activity and corruption in the world"[2], an decidedly has a tilt against Western official enemies -Vladimir Putin, Victor Orbán, Nicolai Maduro, Rodrigo Duterte etc.


 

Events Sponsored

EventDescription
International Center for Journalists
LuminateFoundation for funding global media and civil society groups
Open Society Foundations
Rockefeller Brothers Fund
Sigrid Rausing Trust
UK/FCOThe UK government department dealing with foreign policy.
US/Department of StateSet up in 1789, the US State Department is the United States federal executive department responsible for international relations of the United States, equivalent to the foreign ministry of other countries.
USAID
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