๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ The Oligarchs – Al Jazeera Investigations


Aljazeeraโ€™s Investigative Unit unravels a high-stakes international plot hatched by powerful Eastern European oligarchs to make millions of dollars from a crooked deal. According to one Ukrainian analyst: โ€œIt sounds like an agreement between criminal bosses. You can sign it with your blood.โ€

The scheme involves using a web of offshore companies and international lawyers to raid US$160 million dollars under the noses of the authorities.

The money is effectively being stolen for a second timeโ€ฆ the funds were initially frozen by Ukraineโ€™s courts after its former president, Viktor Yanukovych, was discovered to have emptied the countryโ€™s treasury.

The Oligarchs include an exiled gas billionaire guarded by Russian special forces, a Moscow property magnate and an Olympic show jumper on the run from Ukrainian authorities.

The investigation shines light on the ever shifting battle between the oligarchs and global financial regulators.

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