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October 1, 2019

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Smash and Grab – The UK’s Money Laundering Machine

In 2017, Bellingcat and Transparency International UK published their joint report, “Offshore in the UK”, describing the phenomenon of Scottish Limited Partnerships (“SLPs”) and their use as a mechanism in global money laundering scandals and a range of illicit activities. Since then, SLPs have continued to be implicated in further scandals, perhaps most notably the Azerbaijani Laundromat, a scheme where $2.9 billion was laundered through UK companies.

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November 14, 2017

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

How the British Government’s Attempts to Fight Corruption and Money Laundering are Already Failing

On 19 August 2017, Bellingcat published an article regarding the new Persons of Significant Control (“PSC”) requirements introduced by the government, intended to deter the owners of Scottish Limited Partnerships (“SLPs”) from using the vehicle’s unique opaque structure as a means to conduct criminal activity.  Subsequently, as reported by the Guardian and the OCCRP, SLPs…

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June 24, 2017

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Offshore in the UK: Analysing the Use of Scottish Limited Partnerships in Corruption & Money Laundering

Based on joint research between TI-UK and Bellingcat, “Offshore in the UK” provides new insights into how money launderers are abusing Scottish Limited Partnerships (SLPs) – the UK’s own home-grown secrecy vehicle – to move billions of pounds of corrupt wealth around the world. The report identifies how SLPs have become unusually popular in the…

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February 14, 2019

By Moritz Rakuszitzky

Third Suspect in Skripal Poisoning Identified as Denis Sergeev, High-Ranking GRU Officer

Bellingcat previously confirmed that a third GRU officer was present in the UK during the time Sergey and Yulia Skripal fell into a coma, after what the UK authorities said was a deliberate poisoning with Novichok. In addition, Bellingcat established that this same officer traveled multiple times to Bulgaria during 2015, including a trip days…

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August 19, 2017

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

A Spark in the Dark – Scottish Limited Partnerships and the UK Government’s Faltering Transparency Initiative

The government recently announced new legislation to reveal the beneficial owners of Scottish Limited Partnerships.  But this has done little to shed light on the people controlling them. In June 2017, Bellingcat and Transparency International published a joint-report into Scottish Limited Partnerships (“SLPs”) and their increasing rise in popularity, their use in large scale money…

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July 20, 2017

By Jett Goldsmith

Who is Ike Kaveladze, the 8th Person at the Trump-Russia Meeting?

On July 18, 2017, Scott S. Balber, the attorney representing the Agalarov family of Russian oligarchs amid an active United States investigation regarding the Russian influence campaign into the American elections, announced that he had privately named the 8th individual present at the June 2016 meeting between Trump campaign officials and Russian government proxies, which…

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