“I received this great gift: desperation”

After a childhood of drug addiction on the streets of Bucharest, a former addict finds a solution for users to recover—by helping each other An English version of a confession published in DoR Interview and editing by Michael Bird, and Ionut Dulamita. Illustrations by Ionut Dulamita It is evening. I am in the room where […]

Architects of the Extreme

How the planning of Communist blocks in Bucharest changed from a western vision of functional housing to a sabotage of the city – a micro-history of a megalopolis: published in The Black Sea, co-written with Vlad Odobescu To an outsider, Bucharest is a sea of uniform blocks that hustle and crush a pre-World War II city […]

Donald Trump’s disastrous relationship with the dodgy Kazakh business world

  The President of the USA associated with a Kazakh business network that was subsequently involved in controversial football deals and a trial in Turkey concerning trafficking in underage Russian girls   Published in The Black Sea, as part of the European Investigative Collaboration’s Football Leaks probe     The President of the USA Donald Trump has […]

Football Leaks: Kazakh moguls, the pal of Donald Trump, teen models and the yacht of the ‘Father of the Turks’

Scandal on the Med: a police raid, suspected trafficking of girls and connections to the elite of America, Russia, Turkey and Kazakhstan: new findings published in The Black Sea Written in collaboration with Zeynep Sentek and Craig Shaw     Antalya. Turkey’s pre-eminent seaside resort. A 450-foot yacht moored on the Mediterranean shore. The Savarona. This mega-vessel had […]