2021 December

Anna Babinets

Holding the Powerful Accountable with Investigative Journalism


Based in Kiev, Ukraine, Anna Babinets is a reporter for and co-founder of the independent investigative journalism agency Slidstvo.Info. Since 2015, she has worked as a regional editor for the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), an investigative reporting platform. She specializes in corruption in the Ukrainian Army, security sector and oil and gas market. She is a member of YanukovychLeaks team that recovered thousands of documents left behind by Ukraine’s fleeing ex-president Viktor Yanukovych in 2014 and filmed a documentary about YanukovychLeaks titled “Newsroom Mezhyhirya”, which won the Global Shining Light Award of the Global Investigative Journalism Network in 2015. She also worked on the Ukrainian part of the Panama Papers project.

Holding the Powerful Accountable with Investigative Journalism
– December 15th, 2021

When economic and political elites go corrupt, they have access to systems of financial secrecy that surpass those of your favorite James Bond villain. Offshore networks of secret bank accounts are controlled by unscrupulous fund managers that stash assets in covert shell companies and trusts while their governments do little to slow a global stream of illicit money that enriches criminals and impoverishes nations. 

This month we get to sit with Panama Papers investigative journalist Anna Babinets, Regional Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project Editor, who’s 2014 film documenting the investigation into thousands of documents uncovered in the wake of ex-President Yanukovych’s flight from the Ukraine won an award from the Global Investigative Journalism Network.

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