On 24th December, Insight Crime reported about a recent alliance between the governments of Venezuela and Turkey to extract, refine and market the “blood gold” that leaves the Amazon – and supplies cross-border illegal economies.  It also says that the Venezuelan government has recognised, that illegal mining activity is growing out of control in the south of the country and a 2016 Transparency International report said that between 80% and 90% of the mineral produced in Venezuela is illegal.

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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