Plastic laundromat by Novaya Gazeta Europe

This publication was published jointly with Transparency International - Russia. Investigators discovered a scheme by which in 2014-2016, 41 billion rubles were illegally withdrawn from Russia, which is comparable to the annual budget of a large Russian city. Money was withdrawn abroad, including offshore, by inflating prices for thermoplastic machines - machines for the production of plastic bottles. For this to be possible, a large-scale collusion was needed, involving banks and customs officials.

The central part of the publication is an interactive chart showing the amount and movement of money in the Landromate as well as banks, companies and government agencies that have participated in this scheme for several years.