On 9 October, Rferl reported claims that Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko’s right-hand man and his son are involved in some suspicious gold mining deals in Zimbabwe, and that Lukashenko’s front man, Viktor Sheiman, was dispatched to Zimbabwe in March 2018 to negotiate trade and business deals for his government. A joint venture, Zim Goldfields, is said to have been secretly co-owned by Sheiman’s son, Sergei, with no stake for the Belarusian state. OCCRP reports that 30% of Zim Goldfields was held by Zimbabwe’s state-owned mining company, the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC), but the other 70% was controlled by a UK shell company called Midlands Goldfields Limited.
On 9 October, the Libya Review reported that the Washington Times has published a report about corruption in the Libyan financial system. It reported that corruption within Libya’s financial system continues to be a major stumbling block, threatening to block Libya’s path towards a more stable and secure future. According to the report, the Governor of the Central Bank of Libya (CBL), Sadiq al-Kabir and his allies, control significant amounts of revenues, and they have built a network of businessmen-enablers who exploit the black market and shadow economy for illicit profits.
On 8 October, the Law Society Gazette reported that Petro Poroshenko and Valeria Gontareva are accused of conspiracy during attempts to tackle a national banking crisis, and the claim arises from events that allegedly took place as part of the nationalisation and bail-in of PrivatBank, Ukraine’s largest bank, 2014-2016, when it was discovered to have a multi-billion-dollar capital shortfall. Both respondents deny all allegations of wrongdoing.