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03 Nov 17

Serbian Monarchists, British Right-Wingers Plot Kosovo ‘Resistance’

Russian-linked Serbian monarchists and a British far-right organisation have been seeking to equip mystery groups in north Kosovo in order to resist what they believe will be an attack on Serbs by Kosovo Albanians.

montenegro-s-open-secret-illegal-gender-tests-for-unborns-09-27-2017
28 Sep 17

Montenegro’s Open Secret: Illegal Gender-Tests for Unborns

Genetic testing to find out the sex of an unborn baby is illegal in Montenegro, but it is not unusual in a society that values boys over girls - and for clinics, it’s a profitable business.

hiding-in-plain-sight-kosovo-s-protected-witnesses-02-13-2017
14 Feb 17

Hiding in Plain Sight - Kosovo’s Protected Witnesses

A new court faces old problems in protecting witnesses to a dark chapter in Kosovo’s fight for freedom.

balkan-war-crime-suspects-maintain-political-influence-12-02-2016
07 Dec 16

Balkan War Crime Suspects Maintain Political Influence

Years after the Balkan conflicts, voters in former Yugoslav countries are still electing people who have been convicted of or charged with war crimes, showing how nationalism still distorts the political environment.

spike-in-special-merit-citizenships-raises-eyebrows-in-albania-09-19-2016
21 Sep 16

Spike in ‘Special Merit’ Citizenships Raises Eyebrows in Albania

The recent awarding of citizenship to six Kosovo politicians has triggered a debate over the Albanian President’s discretionary right to hand out these important privileges.

kosovo-mulls-giving-wesley-clark-major-stake-in-coal-09-12-2016
13 Sep 16

Kosovo Mulls Giving Wesley Clark Major Stake in Coal

Kosovo looks set to grant very extensive coal research licenses to a company chaired by retired US General Wesley Clark - which some deem a virtual monopoly.

mysterious-terrorist-organisation-haunts-kosovo-judiciary-05-06-2016
07 May 16

Mysterious ‘Terrorist Organisation’ Haunts Kosovo Judiciary

Despite a Pristina court’s recent conviction of two Kosovo Albanians for joining an alleged terrorist group in Syria called ‘Harausham’, no Kosovo institution can provide proof of its existence.

kosovo-weapons-chief-accused-of-selling-police-guns-on-black-market-05-01-2016
02 May 16

Kosovo Weapons Chief Accused of Selling Police Guns on Black Market

A Ministry of Interior official responsible for tackling illegal gun ownership in Kosovo stands accused of moonlighting as a black-market arms dealer, it is alleged.

a-scandal-untold-the-near-collapse-of-a-kosovo-lending-giant-02-08-2016
20 Apr 16

A Scandal Untold: The Near Collapse of a Kosovo Lending Giant

A microfinance charity created to help Kosovo’s poorest is facing legal battles, a backdated tax bill and a criminal investigation following its near collapse in 2011, BIRN can reveal.

muriithi-kagai-mixing-modesty-and-millions-02-10-2016
11 Apr 16

Muriithi Kagai: Mixing Modesty and Millions

As head of a charitable microfinance lender, Muriithi Kagai was one of highest earners in Kosovo. He insists he was worth every penny.

kosovo-turns-blind-eye-to-well-connected-squatters-03-10-2016
11 Mar 16

Kosovo Turns Blind Eye to Usurped State Land

BIRN research reveals that a recent official report - listing persons who have usurped state land - mysteriously fails to mention those with connections in high places.

world-bank-probes-role-in-kosovo-evictions-02-25-2016
29 Feb 16

World Bank Probes Role in Kosovo Evictions

Thousands are to be evicted from Kosovo villages surrounding a new power plant as the World Bank investigates its own actions in the ‘flawed’ resettlement programme.

kosovo-ngo-lost-0-5m-in-failed-bid-to-become-a-bank-02-11-2016
12 Feb 16

Kosovo NGO Lost €0.5m in Failed Bid to Become a Bank

A charitable, Kosovan microfinance lender spent 500,000 euros on consultancy and IT fees in its failed attempt to convert to a bank.

isis-holding-albanian-children-hostage-in-syria-01-04-2016
04 Jan 16

ISIS Holding Albanian Children ‘Hostage’ in Syria

A number of orphans of Albanians killed in Syria remain in camps in the country - and ISIS militants will not allow them to return home. 

well-connected-squatters-thwart-kosovo-privatisations-12-19-2015
21 Dec 15

Well-Connected “Squatters” Thwart Kosovo Privatisations

You can buy a business off Europe’s youngest state – but that doesn’t always mean you can have it.