Tag: Corruption (Institutional)

Navalny’s Challenge to Putin’s Russia

For most of the 12 or so years in which Alexei Navalny crusaded against the rule of Vladimir Putin, the Russian president tried to avoid mentioning his gadfly by name, even as he and his minions tried every which way, assassination included, to silence him. Yet when the news of Mr. Navalny’s reported death in […]

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Aleksei Navalny, Russian Opposition Leader, Dies in Prison at 47

Aleksei A. Navalny, an anticorruption activist who for more than a decade led the political opposition in President Vladimir V. Putin’s Russia while enduring arrests, assaults and a near-fatal poisoning, died Friday in a Russian prison, according to Russia’s Federal Penitentiary Service. He was 47. The prison authorities said that Mr. Navalny lost consciousness on […]

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Who Was Navalny? A Timeline of the Putin Critic’s Career

Aleksei A. Navalny, the outspoken activist who Russian authorities said died in prison on Friday, was born on June 4, 1976, according to his website, and grew up outside Moscow to liberal parents who opposed Soviet rule. Starting his political career as an anticorruption blogger who organized street protests, Mr. Navalny mobilized a generation of […]

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Aleksei Navalny, Putin Critic, Dies in Prison, Russian Authorities Say

MOSCOW — Aleksei A. Navalny, an anticorruption activist who for more than a decade led the political opposition in President Vladimir V. Putin’s Russia, died Friday in a prison inside the Arctic Circle, according to Russian authorities. His death was announced by Russia’s Federal Penitentiary Service, which said that Mr. Navalny, 47, lost consciousness on […]

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F.B.I. Searches Homes of Fire Dept. Chiefs in Corruption Investigation

F.B.I. agents early Thursday searched the homes of two senior New York Fire Department chiefs responsible for overseeing safety inspections while city investigators also searched the chiefs’ offices at the agency’s headquarters in Brooklyn, people with knowledge of the matter said. The corruption investigation by the bureau, federal prosecutors in Manhattan and the city’s Department […]

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Abolish the U.N.’s Palestinian Refugee Agency

United Nations agencies and officials are no strangers to scandal and infamy. U.N. peacekeepers caused a cholera epidemic in Haiti and committed horrific sexual abuses in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The U.N.’s oil-for-food program for Iraq became a multibillion-dollar kickback scheme through which Saddam Hussein all but bribed his way out of international […]

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Zuma’s Enduring Appeal Threatens His Old Allies’ Hold on South Africa

When the African National Congress suspended former President Jacob Zuma this week, a top party official portrayed him as a traitor to the ongoing struggle for Black prosperity in South Africa and a symbol of corruption that the organization is looking to move past. But to Vincent Mthembu, a longtime A.N.C. activist on the local […]

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FIFA Convictions Imperiled by Questions of U.S. Overreach

Nearly a decade after police officers marched world soccer officials out of a luxury hotel in Zurich at dawn, revealing a corruption scandal that shook the world’s most popular sport, the case is at risk of falling apart. The dramatic turnabout comes over questions of whether American prosecutors overreached by applying U.S. law to a […]

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‘Every Politician Has Got to Have Somebody That’s the Hit Man’

The day before the first House vote on H.B. 6, an F.B.I. agent named Blane Wetzel found himself at a Bob Evans restaurant in a Columbus suburb. Wetzel, a polite, fresh-faced man who served on the public-corruption squad, listened as the Republican lawmaker seated across from him, Dave Greenspan, explained, between sips of iced tea, […]

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The War Has Reined In Ukraine’s Oligarchs, at Least for Now

For weeks, they fended off Russian assaults, holed up in a vast steel mill under barrages of missiles and mortars. And when the Ukrainian troops defending the Azovstal plant finally surrendered in May 2022, the mill had been reduced to rubble and twisted metal. The fighting at Azovstal, in the besieged city of Mariupol, was […]

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Vatican Sentences Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu to Over 5 Years for Fraud

A Vatican criminal court on Saturday sentenced Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu, once one of the church’s most powerful Vatican officials, to five and a half years in prison for financial crimes, a high-profile case that raised questions about the prevalence of financial malfeasance and incompetence at the highest levels of the church. The conviction was […]

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Will Guatemala’s President-Elect, Bernardo Arévalo, Actually Take Office?

When the anticorruption crusader Bernardo Arévalo won a landslide victory in Guatemala’s presidential race, voters streamed into the capital of Central America’s most populous country to celebrate. But as Mr. Arévalo’s foes intensify efforts to bar the president-elect from taking office just weeks from now, the mood on the streets has changed. Indigenous protesters camped […]

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Alberto Fujimori Is Ordered Released From Prison in Peru

Peru’s top court on Tuesday ordered former President Alberto Fujimori released from prison, where he is serving a 25-year sentence for human rights violations, defying an order by an international court that the South American country keep him behind bars. The court, Peru’s Constitutional Tribunal, voted 3 to 1 to reaffirm its decision to instate […]

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Liberia’s President Concedes Election Defeat in a Knife-Edge Vote

Liberia’s president, George Weah, conceded defeat on Friday night in his bid for a second term, after a tight runoff against Joseph Boakai, a 78-year-old political veteran, in an election that was considered a test of democracy in the West African nation. Mr. Boakai, who had served as vice president for 12 years under the […]

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A Dying Anticorruption Crusader Considers His Life’s Own Misdeeds

His anticorruption crusade has made him a household name in Thailand, but Chuwit Kamolvisit would be the first to tell you that his own life has been neither admirable nor one others should emulate. A self-professed “super pimp” — and known to others as “the godfather of sex” — Mr. Chuwit, 62, once owned six […]

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Eric Adams’s Turkey Ties: Travel, Donations and a Meeting With Erdogan

A major federal corruption investigation into Mayor Eric Adams’s fund-raising is examining whether his campaign conspired with members of the Turkish government to receive illegal donations. Mr. Adams, a Democrat in his second year in office, has longstanding ties to Turkey. The mayor has said that he met the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, when […]

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F.B.I. Seizes Eric Adams’s Phones as Campaign Investigation Intensifies

F.B.I. agents seized Mayor Eric Adams’s electronic devices early this week in what appeared to be a dramatic escalation of a criminal inquiry into whether his 2021 campaign conspired with the Turkish government and others to funnel money into its coffers. The agents approached the mayor after an event in Manhattan on Monday evening and […]

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Who is Brianna Suggs, Eric Adams’s 25-Year-Old Chief Fund-Raiser?

The choice was unconventional: Eric Adams, the candidate who would go on to win the 2021 election for mayor of the nation’s financial capital, had picked an inexperienced 23-year-old to run his campaign’s fund-raising operation. Ostensibly, the fund-raiser, Brianna Suggs, did her job. Thanks in part to her work, the campaign would spend more than […]

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Did Fake Donors Give the Mayor Real Money? The F.B.I. Wants to Know.

It is a type of scheme that took down New York’s lieutenant governor last year, and sank the 2013 mayoral campaign of a top Democratic contender: the use of so-called straw donors to funnel illegal contributions to candidates from secret sources. Now, for the second time, the campaign of Mayor Eric Adams is being scrutinized […]

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F.B.I. Raid of Adams Ally Brings Corruption Question to Mayor’s Doorstep

Even as Eric Adams completed his rise in New York City politics and became mayor, questions remained over ethical issues and his ties to people with troubling pasts. His fund-raising tactics have repeatedly pushed the boundaries of campaign-finance and ethics laws. His relationships with his donors have drawn attention and prompted investigations. Some donors and […]

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Netanyahu Led Us to Catastrophe. He Must Go.

Mr. Netanyahu’s latest government came to power just over nine months ago. It’s the most extreme he has led, because only extreme parties were willing to join a coalition with a prime minister on trial for corruption. His own Likud has become a party of lackeys; experienced politicians critical of him abandoned it. The government’s […]

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Russia Detains Lawyers of Jailed Opposition Leader, Aleksei Navalny

Russian authorities on Friday detained three lawyers representing the jailed opposition leader Aleksei A. Navalny in what his supporters said was a government-led attempt to continue to isolate him and further limit his ability to influence the country’s political life. In a series of statements, Mr. Navalny’s team members said that the lawyers, Vadim Kobzev, […]

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As War Rages, Netanyahu Battles for Reputation and Legacy

If Israel considers itself in a battle for its life, its longtime prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is battling for his reputation and his legacy. After leading Israel for nearly 16 years in total and priding himself on bringing the country prosperity and security, Mr. Netanyahu, 73, now confronts the vivid failure of his own policies […]

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Telling the Truth About Mexico, and Dying for It

Unable to protect journalists where they work, Mexico resorted to hiding them in safe houses across the country. After years of increasing entanglement with criminal groups, the Mexican government is in some sense in a battle with itself, with case after case in which the government is, or at least appears to be, as involved […]

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In Menendez Case, Prosecutors Confront Tighter Definition of Corruption

After the U.S. attorney in Manhattan announced corruption charges last Friday against Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey, the veteran Democratic lawmaker lashed back, calling the claims false and saying prosecutors had “misrepresented the normal work of congressional office.” Mr. Menendez has said a lot more in recent days about the indictment, but his assertion […]

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As Menendez’s Star Rose, Fears of Corruption Cast a Persistent Shadow

Robert Menendez’s education in political corruption came unusually early. In 1982, he turned against his mentor, Mayor William V. Musto of Union City, N.J., the popular leader of their gritty hometown. Mr. Menendez took the witness stand and testified that city officials had pocketed kickbacks on construction projects, helping to put a man many considered […]

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Does Robert Menendez Have Enough Teflon to Survive Again?

In a state long attuned to the drumbeat of political corruption — salacious charges, furious denials, explosive trials — Senator Robert Menendez has often registered as the quintessential New Jersey politician. He successfully avoided charges in one case, and after federal prosecutors indicted him in another, he got off after a mistrial in 2017. “To […]

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Senator Robert Menendez Is Indicted in New York

Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey has been charged in a federal corruption indictment, the authorities said on Friday. The indictment against Mr. Menendez, a 69-year-old Democrat who leads the Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee, follows a lengthy investigation by federal prosecutors in Manhattan and comes nearly six years after his trial on unrelated claims of […]

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These Are the Key Players in the Case Against Senator Menendez

Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey faces new federal corruption charges, almost six years after a trial on unrelated claims of bribery ended with a hung jury. Mr. Menendez, a Democrat who leads the Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee, has repeatedly said that he was willing to assist investigators and expected the inquiry would be “successfully […]

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Acquitted by the Texas Senate, Ken Paxton Still Faces Legal Problems

Ken Paxton, the embattled attorney general of Texas, survived an impeachment vote in the State Senate over the weekend, but the case is far from behind him: The U.S. Justice Department still has an open investigation over many of the same allegations of corruption and abuse of office. And in October, Mr. Paxton’s lawyers will […]

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