Author Archives: Matei

High streets and low roads

Two stories which in hindsight are the highlights of my past six months at POLITICO: Money laundering on the high street looks at how cash transfer and foreign exchange shops in London have become a haven for drugs money and … Continue reading

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One year at POLITICO

It is one year today since I joined POLITICO Europe as finance reporter covering (mainly) the U.K. Much of the time I type blurbs in the newsletter or short alerts about financial regulations and the occasional fine or penalty issued … Continue reading

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The old lady and the pitbull

I met the loveliest old lady yesterday who, seemingly unaware it had been illegal since 1991, told me she recently had a “110 pound pitbull who used to sleep in my bed when I let him. The dog was sweet … Continue reading

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Lootin’ with Putin: my (small) contribution to a special report in Private Eye

It was a privilege to make a small contribution to this six-page special report in Private Eye magazine, exposing the UK firms without which the malignant post-Soviet oligarchy would have been unable to gain the power it has today. Featured … Continue reading

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Deutsche Bank’s ‘undocumented’ deal with rogue bank to keep dirty money flowing

After the S&P Global Market Intelligence news service published my three-part series into rogue Cypriot bank FBME’s activities, we received more confidential documents from sources keen to expose the depth of the abuses that took place at this firm. And … Continue reading

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My new (and first) novel

If you would like to know more about my new novel, Country Gumption, which is also unpublished and my first, please click here.

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FBME Cyprus: the global criminal’s bank of choice

S&P Global Market Intelligence, the financial newswire where I work as a reporter, recently published my investigative series into FBME, the now closed rogue Cypriot bank linked to the Russian mafia, Syrian war crimes, fraud, money laundering, corrupt offshore finance … Continue reading

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The Wapping Mole discovers likely Romanian prostitution ring

The Wapping Mole, a lively blog running journalistic investigations and general interest news about the Wapping neighbourhood of Tower Hamlets, London, has discovered what appears to be a Romanian sex trafficking gang operating on the quaint cobblestoned streets it patrols. … Continue reading

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Moldova’s other choice

Maia Sandu could be living proof that Moldovans don’t necessarily have to choose between handing their lives over to either oligarchs or communists. Much has changed for the better in Moldova in recent months — there is a new governor … Continue reading

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Another Brick Lane Tale

Much ink has been used on the topic of how the East End is now compared to the good ol’ days. Of all the well-documented waves of immigrants that came here, Eastern Europeans like me are the newest. I was … Continue reading

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