Slate: Russian Oligarchs Keep Dying in Suspicious Ways. Wikipedia Is Keeping a List.

Slate: Russian Oligarchs Keep Dying in Suspicious Ways. Wikipedia Is Keeping a List.. “On July 9, an anonymous Wikipedia editor with the username ‘cgbuff’ started Wikipedia’s 2022 Russian mystery deaths article, which chronicles ‘unusual deaths of Russian-connected businessmen [that] occurred under what some sources suggest were suspicious circumstances.’ When the article was first published, it listed just nine Russian oligarchs.Today, it chronicles 17 deaths, and it’s been viewed more than 400,000 times.”

Pandora Papers: New release reveals more than 800 Russians behind secret companies (Irish Times)

The Irish Times: Pandora Papers: New release reveals more than 800 Russians behind secret companies. “The data includes newly discovered details about companies tied to Russian president Vladimir Putin’s allies and other Russian political figures who shelter assets behind opaque businesses that can also be used to escape global sanctions. The database now contains information on more than 800,000 offshore companies, foundations and trusts, and links to people and companies in more than 200 countries and territories, which can be publicly searched and downloaded.”

National Agency on Corruption Prevention (Ukraine): Ukraine launches a new web portal for whistleblowers to report the assets of persons involved in Russia’s aggression against Ukraine

National Agency on Corruption Prevention (Ukraine): Ukraine launches a new web portal for whistleblowers to report the assets of persons involved in Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. “The Ukrainian Task Force on the Training, Freezing, and Confiscating Assets of those Involved in Russia’s War Crimes has launched a Whistleblower Portal on the Assets of Persons Involved in the Russian Aggression against Ukraine. If you have information about the property of the aforementioned people, We call on you to file a whistleblower report on their property abroad.” The organizers behind the portal ask that you only file reports about property that isn’t already covered by OSINT (news reports, etc.)

Vice: Russian Oligarchs Keep Getting Screwed Over by Yacht Selfies

Vice: Russian Oligarchs Keep Getting Screwed Over by Yacht Selfies. “Partying can be dangerous in the age of Instagram. Ask any oligarch. Their decades of fancy living at the highest possible level of luxury have turned out to be enormously useful for investigators tracking down the assets of Russia’s sanctioned elite. That’s because, in multiple cases, a few careless Instagram posts have blown up the best defense for their secret empires: Anonymity.”

OCCRP: Russian Asset Tracker

OCCRP: Russian Asset Tracker. “In the wake of Russia’s brutal assault on Ukraine, governments around the world have imposed sanctions on many of Putin’s enablers. But they have learned to keep their wealth obscured, hiring an army of lawyers to hide it in secretive bank accounts and corporate structures that reach far offshore. Figuring out who owns what, and how much of it, is a tall order even for experienced police investigators. That’s why we decided to follow the trail, tracking down as many of these assets as possible and compiling them in a database for the public to see and use.”

FAQ: What is Plane Tracking? (OCCRP)

OCCRP: FAQ: What is Plane Tracking?. “Russian oligarchs around the globe are facing sanctions, and all eyes are on the vast wealth of Vladimir Putin’s inner circle. Besides the glitzy French villas and multi-million-dollar superyachts docked in Barcelona and Monaco, this mega-rich crowd is known for its private jets. OCCRP has long tracked the flight paths of the powerful, but as more countries block Russian flights from their airspace, plane tracking is more useful than ever before in helping us monitor sanctioned individuals and examine their next moves.”

International Consortium of Investigative Journalists: List of oligarchs and Russian elites featured in ICIJ investigations

International Consortium of Investigative Journalists: List of oligarchs and Russian elites featured in ICIJ investigations. “Russian oligarchs have long been a prominent feature of ICIJ’s reporting on tax havens and financial secrecy, including 2013’s Secrecy for Sale investigation, the Panama Papers investigation of 2016, the Paradise Papers in 2017 and last year’s Pandora Papers, that revealed vast swathes of offshore wealth linked to powerful figures close to President Vladimir Putin. Today, we publish an index of prominent Russians who have featured in our reporting across our offshore investigations.”

Reuters: Think tank calls for EU database to help trace oligarchs’ assets

Reuters: Think tank calls for EU database to help trace oligarchs’ assets. “The European Union should create an asset database to help to track down the owners of assets held by shell companies and make EU sanctions against Russian oligarchs more effective, a think tank said on Wednesday. The 27-nation EU has imposed restrictions on 877 individuals, including wealthy Russian oligarchs and other prominent business people, over Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.”

Schadenfreude at sea: The Internet is watching with glee as Russian oligarchs’ yachts are seized (Washington Post)

Washington Post: Schadenfreude at sea: The Internet is watching with glee as Russian oligarchs’ yachts are seized. “There’s just something satisfying about watching online as a billionaire’s luxury yacht moves around the globe — and then gets snagged by law enforcement as part of sanctions designed to crack down on Russia. Alex Finley thinks of it as schadenfreude, or getting pleasure from another’s troubles. Finley, an author and former C.I.A. officer, is online tweeting names, locations, ownership and the latest status of various yachts owned by Russian oligarchs.”

International Consortium of Investigative Journalists: ICIJ releases the Russia Archive, an inside look at how elites close to Putin hide wealth offshore

International Consortium of Investigative Journalists: ICIJ releases the Russia Archive, an inside look at how elites close to Putin hide wealth offshore . “Using tens of millions of leaked files, ICIJ reveals the hidden wealth and financial secrets of Russia’s most powerful people, including oligarchs, political leaders, and proxies close to Vladimir Putin.”

NBC News: Where are the Russian oligarchs? This Twitter feeds follows their private jets

NBC News: Where are the Russian oligarchs? This Twitter feeds follows their private jets. “The comings and goings of powerful Russian elites have come under intense scrutiny since Vladimir Putin’s forces invaded Ukraine last week, an attack that has drawn international condemnation. And that’s why Jack Sweeney, 19, a University of Central Florida student, started tracking them on the Twitter feed Russian Oligarch Jets, which he launched over the weekend and which already had more than 52,000 followers Monday afternoon.”