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Police Raided A Bank After Secret Files Revealed Slush Funds Linked To The Kremlin, Organized Crime, And ISIS

The FBME Bank in Cyprus was raided by police on suspicion of money laundering. A BuzzFeed News investigation from last winter revealed a farcical scramble inside FBME to conceal incriminating information — while some of the planet's most prestigious accountants and lawyers used their powers to keep the bank in business.

Tom Warren • 15 days ago

A Dozen Can’t-Miss Investigations We Published In 2018

The Putin penthouse. The NYPD’s secret files. The women jailed for false rape claims. Bias in figure skating. And the man who "killed them all.”

Alex Campbell • 5 months ago

An Inquest Into A Russian Whistleblower’s Death Has Found No Evidence Of Murder After A Bungled Police Investigation

“There is nothing that points specifically toward poisoning,” the judge said, but “equally, there is nothing specific that points away from poison.”

Jane Bradley • 6 months ago

This Russian Double Agent Is A Lot Less Dead Than He Seemed

The Kremlin wanted people to believe their defector was dead. The US did, too. But Alexander Poteyev couldn’t help himself.

Alex Campbell • 8 months ago
Alex Campbell • One year ago

Key Evidence Disappeared From Police Custody During Investigation Into Russian Whistleblower's Death, Court Hears

Police gathered evidence of mysterious business deals, threats, and links to a Kremlin-linked money laundering case from Alexander Perepilichnyy’s computer. Then that evidence vanished.

Jane Bradley • One year ago

Russian Whistleblower Fell Ill After Eating “Bad” Food The Night Before His Death, Secret Lover Tells Inquest

A tense dinner. Bad food. Vomiting back at the hotel room. Scenes from Russian whistleblower Alexander Perepilichnyy's last night alive, as the woman he spent that evening with finally told authorities her story after being tracked down by BuzzFeed News.

Jane Bradley • One year ago

The Secret Lover Of An "Assassinated" Russian Whistleblower Will Testify At His Inquest After BuzzFeed News Tracked Her Down

The UK inquiry into the death of Alexander Perepilichnyy on British soil will hear key evidence from the woman he met secretly on the eve of his death. She was asked to testify only after BuzzFeed News tracked her down in Paris.

Jane Bradley • One year ago

The US Death Of Putin’s Media Czar Was Murder, Trump Dossier Author Christopher Steele Tells The FBI

The author of the famous Trump dossier provided a secret report to the FBI asserting that RT founder Mikhail Lesin was bludgeoned to death by thugs hired by an oligarch close to Putin. Three other sources independently told the FBI the same basic story, contradicting the government’s finding that Lesin’s death was accidental.

Jason Leopold • One year ago

Senate Report Warns Western Governments Not To Ignore Suspected Russian Hits In Britain And The US

A report by Democrats on a powerful Senate committee has highlighted suspected Russian assassinations in the US and Britain – exposed by BuzzFeed News – as part of the Kremlin’s campaign to undermine Western democracies.

Heidi Blake • One year ago

Exposed: Kremlin-Linked Slush Funds Funnelling Money To Syria's Chemical Weapons Financiers

Inside one of the world’s dirtiest banks, confidential files expose Kremlin connections to a network of shadowy people fronting for Syria's chemical weapons programme, ISIS, and organised crime.

Alex Campbell • One year ago

Revealed: Secrets Of One Of The World's Dirtiest Banks And Its Powerful Western Protectors

Blatant forgery. Snarling guard dogs. Shredded evidence. An incendiary cache of leaked documents reveals the farcical scramble inside one of the world’s dirtiest banks to conceal incriminating information from US government investigators – while some of the most prestigious accountants and lawyers on the planet used all their power to keep the bank in business.

Tom Warren • One year ago

Police File Exposes Holes In The Investigation Into US Death Of Putin’s Media Czar

The heavily redacted report reveals nothing about how RT founder Mikhail Lesin sustained the blunt force injuries that killed him. And the Washington, DC, police won’t say whether they reviewed three critical hours of hotel security footage between when Lesin was last seen alive and when he died.

Jason Leopold • One year ago

How Deutsche Bank Enabled A Dirty Offshore Bank To Move Dark Money

The German giant processed hundreds of millions of dollars of suspicious transactions into the US for a Cyprus bank awash with dirty money linked to the Kremlin, Syrian chemical weapons, organised crime, and ISIS.

Tom Warren • One year ago

High-Profile Russian Death In Washington Was No Accident — It Was Murder, Officials Say

The US government ruled Mikhail Lesin’s death an accident, but multiple intelligence and law enforcement officials suspect it was a Russian hit. The government is withholding information, so today BuzzFeed News has filed a lawsuit to pry the records loose.

Jason Leopold • One year ago

The Death Of The Spy In The Bag Is Linked To Russia By Secret Intelligence Files

After the dead body of an MI6 spy was found locked in a sports bag, London police said the death was “probably an accident” – but British and American spy agencies have secret intelligence suggesting he may have been assassinated over highly sensitive work on Russia.

Tom Warren • One year ago

MI6 May Be Ordered To Turn Over Intelligence Linking Financier's Death To Russia

In the wake of a BuzzFeed News investigation, a judge is considering forcing MI6 to hand over secret files containing explosive intelligence that the Kremlin ordered the assassination of a Russian whistleblower on British soil.

Jane Bradley • 2 years ago

From Russia With Blood: 14 Suspected Hits On British Soil That The Government Ignored

Lavish London mansions. A hand-painted Rolls-Royce. And eight dead friends. For the British fixer Scot Young, working for Vladimir Putin's most vocal critic meant a life of incredible luxury – but also constant danger. His gruesome death is one of 14 that US spy agencies have linked to Russia – but the UK police shut down every last case. A bombshell cache of documents today reveals the full story of a ring of death on British soil that the government has ignored.

Heidi Blake • 2 years ago

Scientist Who Helped Connect Litvinenko's Murder To The Kremlin "Assassinated" In Britain

His nuclear research helped a judge determine that former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko had been assassinated – likely on Putin’s orders. Just months after the verdict, the scientist himself was found stabbed to death with two knives. Police deemed it a suicide, but US intelligence officials suspect it was murder.

Jane Bradley • 2 years ago

Revealed: Explosive Evidence Of A Russian Assassination On British Soil That The Government Doesn’t Want You To Read

When a financier dropped dead in Britain shortly after exposing a vast Russian crime, police said it was not suspicious. But with his inquest now underway, BuzzFeed News has uncovered explosive evidence of a suspected Kremlin assassination plot – and a secret assignation in Paris on the eve of his death – that the British authorities have sidelined.

Heidi Blake • 2 years ago