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access-denied-divorced-dads-fight-for-kids-12-25-2017
28 Dec 17

Access Denied: Divorced Dads Fight for Kids

Courts in the Balkans usually side with mothers in child custody cases. Now some fathers are fighting the system. Kids are caught in the crossfire.

serbian-monarchists-british-right-wingers-plot-kosovo-resistance--11-02-2017
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.

party-games-hide-and-seek-with-election-cash-10-12-2017
17 Oct 17

Party Games: Hide and Seek with Election Cash

Powerful parties in the Balkans are suspected of using proxy donors to fill campaign war chests with cash from secret sources. How authorities respond is a test of their independence.

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.

pentagon-hires-scandal-hit-brokers-for-syria-arms-buy-up-09-15-2017
15 Sep 17

Pentagon Hires Scandal-hit Brokers for Syria Arms Buy-up

The Pentagon’s battle against ISIS relies on an Eastern European arms supply-line operated, in part, by firms and executives linked to fraud, foreign bribery, Bulgarian organised crime and the death of a contractor.

serbian-mortars-traced-to-banned-kurdish-militia-09-13-2017
14 Sep 17

Serbian Mortars Traced to Banned Kurdish Militia

Former US President Obama vowed not to arm Kurdish groups in Syria to appease Turkey, but reporters have traced Serbian mortar shells purchased by the Pentagon to a banned militia.

german-concerns-spark-pentagon-reroute-of-syria-bound-arms-09-12-2017
12 Sep 17

German Concerns Spark Pentagon Reroute of Syria-Bound Arms

The Pentagon has rerouted its weapons supply-line to Syria after officials in Berlin became concerned at the surge in arms being transferred through US bases in Germany.

the-pentagon-s-2-2-billion-soviet-arms-pipeline-flooding-syria-09-12-2017
12 Sep 17

The Pentagon's $2.2 Billion Soviet Arms Pipeline Flooding Syria

The Pentagon is on a spending spree as it scrabbles to amass vast quantities of Soviet-style weapons and ammunition. But it’s running into problems sourcing them, and is using misleading legal documents to disguise their final destination: Syria.

the-coyote-s-trail-a-machine-gun-s-path-from-serbia-to-syria-05-08-2017
09 May 17

The Coyote’s Trail – A Machine Gun’s Path from Serbia to Syria

A batch of heavy machine guns travelled from a Serbian state-owned factory to Syrian rebels, via a Bulgarian arms tycoon and a Saudi training camp, BIRN and OCCRP can reveal.

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.

state-of-the-unions-in-serbia-12-03-2016
04 Dec 16

State of the Unions in Serbia

Bullied or bought off, trade unions in Serbia and elsewhere in the former Yugoslavia have hit rock bottom, failing the workers they claim to protect.

montenegro-opens-weapons-supply-line-to-saudi-arabia-08-02-2016
03 Aug 16

Montenegro Opens Weapons Supply Line to Saudi Arabia

An arms broker who sold almost 300 tonnes of aging Yugoslav-era weapons and ammunition to Saudi Arabia says “It’s no concern of mine” if the Gulf kingdom later diverts them to Syria.

making-a-killing-the-1-2-billion-euros-arms-pipeline-to-middle-east-07-26-2016
27 Jul 16

Making a Killing: The 1.2 Billion Euro Arms Pipeline to Middle East

An unprecedented flow of weapons from Central and Eastern Europe is flooding the battlefields of the Middle East.

serbian-venue-linked-to-4bn-kazakh-banking-fraud-06-30-2016
30 Jun 16

Serbian Venue Linked to €4bn Kazakh Banking Fraud

Belgrade’s premier exhibition hall and its neighbouring four-star hotel are tangled up in one of the world’s biggest ever banking frauds, BIRN has learned.

vucic-s-advisor-did-not-declare-assets-06-18-2016
18 Jun 16

Vucic's Advisor Did Not Declare Assets

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic’s media advisor, Suzana Vasiljevic, has not declared her assets despite being legally required to do so as a public official, BIRN has learned.