Fields of gold: A commodities kingpin, political connections and millions laundered through Miami real estate
- A Mongabay investigation has traced the rise and fall of a billion-dollar commodities cartel in Eastern Europe, finding it relied on money laundering, tax avoidance and state capture.
- Over more than six months reporters reviewed hundreds of court filings, corporate and property records, and carried out interviews with those involved to reveal how the deals were done and where the money went.
- Despite mounting evidence of impropriety by the group, major development banks continued to fund its projects, lending legitimacy to its operations.
Illustrations by Yana Adamovic
CHISINAU, Moldova — Many men have regretted their friendship with Yuri Drukker.