About the Transborder Corruption Archive

The Transborder Corruption Archive (TBCA) is a part of the project which is aimed at strengthening the international response against transborder corruption.

The project is carried out by the Expert Group On Combating Transborder Corruption (the TBC Group).

BACKGROUND

In recent years, amid the Russian “hybrid” aggression against post-Soviet and Western countries, studies on the “export” of Russian corruption and modern kleptocracy have been intensified in order to explain and predict the behavior of Putin’s regime in the future.

The TBCA makes available dozens of documents collected by the journalists of the TBC Group and their partners for the wider audience of experts around the world who address international corruption.

The TBCA contains court decisions, police reports, testimonies, and any other types of forensic materials, registration/ownership documents of property and companies, official responses to journalist information requests, audits, and reports from various public investigators with explanations. In some cases, we publish press articles, if they were removed from public access without a court decision or explanation, or if they were were not published online (for example, if an article was published in the periodical press of the 1990s, or if the media outlet has ceased to exist since the publication). Some audio files with explanations are added, especially when part of court evidence.

The documents cover the period from 1990 to 2018. The TBCA gives priority to documents which are at the disposal of the group and which have never been published in the past. We hope to be able to constantly upload new documents to the TBCA. The TBCA’s data and materials are addressed to journalists, researchers, writers, documentary makers, and anti-corruption activists.

The documents presented are in Russian, German, Spanish, French, and English. The addition of short descriptions in English, when the original language is different, is in progress. Except the cases when a court sentence has already been issued, we cannot state that any person mentioned in the papers is guilty of corruption, extortion, or any other crime. However, the documents presented might be useful to establish links, explore ties between other individuals and entities, ask for comments, conduct further research, or pressure the legal authorities of any country to investigate.