The rise and fall of the Oligarch-maker

Christopher Samuelson is the man who is trusted by the world's rich to move around money using shady constructions and complicated trusts.

Who is this "ultimate man in the shadows", the person who built a financial empire by trusting the new millionaires and billionaires of post-Soviet Russia?

This is the story of one mysterious financier who came to sit at the top table of oligarchs and power.


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How I exposed the politicians willing to sell passports in Cyprus

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How I exposed the politicians willing to sell passports in Cyprus

13 Oct 2020 | 29 min read

An inside look into undercover operations on Cyprus’ golden passport scheme.

Cyprus’s dirty secrets

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Cyprus’s dirty secrets

26 Aug 2020 | 20 min read

Al Jazeera’s I-Unit looks at what a leak of confidential documents tells us about Cyprus’ citizenship by investment scheme.

Anatomy of a Bribe: A deep dive into an underworld of corruption

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Anatomy of a Bribe: A deep dive into an underworld of corruption

1 Dec 2019 | 26 min read

An Al Jazeera investigation into the corrupt power brokers and global business elites defrauding the Namibian people.

Diplomats for sale: How an ambassadorship was bought and lost

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Diplomats for sale: How an ambassadorship was bought and lost

26 Nov 2019 | 29 min read

The story of Ali Reza Monfared, the Iranian who tried to buy diplomatic immunity after embezzling millions of dollars.