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1/ This week, after months of work by many dozens of people, @OCCRP began publishing the first stories in a big series: The #TroikaLaundromat, which uncovers a secret mechanism that moved billions of $, mostly out of Russia, around the world.
2/ Here's the first story, which explains how and by whom the system was built, how it works, and who used it. We tried to be careful to show that it had many uses — not just money laundering. (Some retellings of our story are already getting this wrong.) occrp.org/en/troikalaund…
3/ This second story, which just came out today, goes into a specific user — an Austrian man who facilitated the functioning of the Laundromat, got in too deep, came to regret it, and ended up dead. occrp.org/en/troikalaund…
4/ This video gives voice to the poor Armenian migrant laborers whose names were used to establish the offshore companies in the system.
5/ Here, Louise Shelley from George Mason University talks about one important aspect of the system — its use of "trade-based money laundering." Basically, fake trade deals used to justify the transactions to the banks.
6/ We're trying to be really clear about what we know and what we don't know. Hence, this FAQ, which goes into why such systems are used, whether they're legal, and who they hurt. occrp.org/en/troikalaund…
7/ One reason this project was so intense (and expensive) was because it was based on a huge amount of difficult banking data. We're being transparent about that too — here's a page that explains how we processed it. occrp.org/en/troikalaund…
8/ Plenty more Laundromat stories coming, so keep following @OCCRP. Huge kudos to @IDashboard and @DrewOCCRP for leading the way. And I'd be remiss if I didn't thank my amazing, incredible editing team: @SharonLLynch, @jdejonge, @julia_wallace. Lucky to work with you.
9/ Investigative journalism cuts through the bullshit. No click-bait, no culture war, no bloviating pundits, no opinions masquerading as expertise. Just the facts, uncovered and analyzed and placed in context. Please support investigative journalism.
And also @Jodymcp!
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