List of oligarchs and Russian elites featured in ICIJ investigations | ICIJ


Russian oligarchs have long been a prominent feature of ICIJ’s  reporting on tax havens and financial secrecy, including 2013’s Secrecy for Sale investigation, the Panama Papers investigation of 2016, the Paradise Papers in 2017 and last year’s Pandora Papers, that revealed vast swathes of offshore wealth linked to powerful figures close to President Vladimir Putin.

Today, we publish an index of prominent Russians who have featured in our reporting across our offshore investigations. This list may be updated from time to time:

Source: List of oligarchs and Russian elites featured in ICIJ investigations – ICIJ

Here’s the Overhyped Technology (and some actual success stories)


Our job at Design News is to attempt to blow away the chaff and reveal the kernels of truth in emerging technology. Sometimes we’re overcritical, sometimes we’re overly ga-ga. We try to hit the Goldilocks spot by identifying the technology that is likely to make a difference in your work life.

Here’s our take on what technology is getting overhyped and what technology delivers on its promise.

Source: Here’s the Overhyped Technology (and some actual success stories)

Model Facts: Star Trek D7 Klingon Battle Cruiser Design


While Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum has proudly displayed the original Star Trek U.S.S. Enterprise production model used for the 1966 television series, the museum also has the model of the ship used by that’s show’s antagonists, the Klingons.

While Klingons appeared early in the Star Trek TV series, their D7 Battle Cruiser didn’t appear on screen until the third season. In remastered episodes created in 2006, the ship has been inserted into establishing shots in those earlier episodes.

Source: Model Facts: Star Trek D7 Klingon Battle Cruiser Design

Assange gets chance to take extradition case to UK’s top court | EURACTIV.com


WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Monday (24 January) was given the chance to challenge at Britain’s highest court a decision allowing him to be extradited to the United States to face 18 criminal charges including breaking a spying law.

US authorities want Australian-born Assange, 50, currently in jail in London as he awaits a ruling on his extradition, to face trial on 18 counts relating to WikiLeaks’ release of vast troves of confidential US military records and diplomatic cables which they said had put lives in danger.

Source: Assange gets chance to take extradition case to UK’s top court – EURACTIV.com

Biden’s economic message needs a reality check | Roll Call


President Joe Biden made a lot of promises to the American people in his inaugural address, most of which he has broken over a disastrous first year in office. But none have been more egregiously untrue than this bit of “inventive rhetoric,” made in the closing moments of his inauguration remarks: “I will always level with you.”

Given Biden’s dismal track record on defining what is truthful and his deserved reputation for gaffes over his 50 years in public office, it’s not surprising that some people were more than skeptical of his ability to deliver on that promise. They haven’t been disappointed.

Source: Biden’s economic message needs a reality check – Roll Call

The EU has much to learn about how to engage its citizens | EURACTIV.com


The Conference on the Future of Europe is a brilliant idea to give citizens voice in European decision making. However, the politicians involved just do not know how to engage with them, writes Kaspar Schultz.

Kaspar Schultz is the citizen representative of Estonia to the Conference on the Future of Europe.

The second plenary session of the Conference on the Future of Europe was held last Saturday. If there is a takeaway from the plenary, it is that citizens’ dissatisfaction with their lack of voice in the conference took the central stage, even if it was not supposed to.

Source: The EU has much to learn about how to engage its citizens – EURACTIV.com

Unanswered Questions Haunt Case of Mexican Journalist’s Murder | OCCRP


Regina Martínez was a reluctant expert on Mexico’s most violent drug gangs.

The veteran journalist didn’t set out to cover crime and corruption — but the stories kept finding her, piling up as fast as the bodies in her home of Veracruz.

The once placid state, hugging the Gulf of Mexico and best known for its deep-water port, had been convulsed by waves of cartel violence that many, including Martínez, felt was being abetted by its government.

Source: Unanswered Questions Haunt Case of Mexican Journalist’s Murder – OCCRP

Inside Alden Global Capital | The Atlantic


A secretive hedge fund called Alden Global Capital is snapping up some of America’s most storied newspapers and gutting them for short-term profit. But to describe it as a vulture of a company isn’t quite right, one former Chicago Tribune reporter told my colleague McKay Coppins:

“A vulture doesn’t hold a wounded animal’s head underwater. This is predatory.”

Source: Inside Alden Global Capital – The Atlantic

Offshore havens and hidden riches of world leaders and billionaires exposed in unprecedented leak | ICIJ


Millions of leaked documents and the biggest journalism partnership in history have uncovered financial secrets of 35 current and former world leaders, more than 330 politicians and public officials in 91 countries and territories, and a global lineup of fugitives, con artists and murderers.

The secret documents expose offshore dealings of the King of Jordan, the presidents of Ukraine, Kenya and Ecuador, the prime minister of the Czech Republic and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. The files also detail  financial activities of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “unofficial minister of propaganda” and more than 130 billionaires from Russia, the United States, Turkey and other nations.

Source: Offshore havens and hidden riches of world leaders and billionaires exposed in unprecedented leak – ICIJ

Trump sues niece, NY Times over records behind ’18 tax story


Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday sued his estranged niece and The New York Times over a 2018 story about his family’s wealth and tax practices that was partly based on confidential documents she provided to the newspaper’s reporters.

Trump’s lawsuit, filed in state court in New York, accuses Mary Trump of breaching a settlement agreement by disclosing tax records she received in a dispute over family patriarch Fred Trump’s estate.

Source: Trump sues niece, NY Times over records behind ’18 tax story