On 24 August, ICIJ said that a complex networks of offshore companies are making for choppy waters for authorities looking to confiscate high-value assets. It also said that a US Treasury squad known as the Russian Elites, Proxies, and Oligarchs (REPO) Task Force has worked with other governments to block and seize more than $30 billion belonging to those close to President Vladimir Putin. The Pandora Papers’ Russia findings, along with those of past ICIJ projects on the offshore financial system (compiled into a single repository of stories known as The Russian Archive), became a go-to resource for oligarch-asset hunters worldwide after Western governments rushed to impose economic sanctions on Russia after its invasion of Ukraine in February. It provides a breakdown of official efforts to seize assets of oligarchs named in the Pandora Papers and other ICIJ investigations.
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