Council of State rejects private investigator Sanier's appeal in case against industry watchdog
The case pitting French investigator Sanier against the private security operators regulator CNAPS raises a legal point that could lead to many employees of corporate intelligence firms having to officially register as a private investigator.
Chinese surveillance firms Hikvision and Dahua targeted by Ukrainian investigators Free
Ukrainian investigative collective Underdog - the UnLawyers has alerted the government agencies of the widespread use of surveillance tools by these two major Chinese companies operating in the country. The firms' potential support for the Russian offensive has raised several questions.
Intelligence firm Raedas donates to NGO helping rebuild Ukraine
Andrew Wordsworth, a favourite of Russian high-net-worth individuals in need of litigation support services, has funded his daughter Ada Wordsworth's KHARPP organisation, which is involved in the reconstruction of buildings in Ukraine.
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Washington lobbyists plead Kazakh protesters' cause in US
Trials in connection with last year's protests are in full swing in Kazakhstan. Supporters of some key figures, including Arman Dzhumageldiyev, known to be close to the country's intelligence service, the KNB, have hired Washington lobbyists to drum up support for their cause.
London keeps on private security provider in Moscow
Faced with the difficulty of running background checks and the sensitive nature of conducting private security activities in Moscow on behalf of foreign interests, many state clients are having to keep on the same providers without being able to change their terms.
Oligarchs' fixers look for fixers of their own to help them escape sanctions
The consultants operating behind the scenes for their already sanctioned former Russian oligarch clients are themselves being increasingly targeted by Western sanctions. They are looking for investigators to help them avoid or at least reduce the impact of those measures.
Ron Wahid falls back on Kazakh networks as UK tax office starts hunt
The founder of RJI Capital and Arcanum Global Intelligence has been gradually withdrawing from the London affairs of his advisory and intelligence firms, but not so of his companies with assets in Kazakhstan. Those entities have been calling on their lobbyist networks in Washington.
BAE intelligence chief joins Brennan and Partners
After ten years holding down the British defence giant's most secretive role, Andrew Cooper has moved into corporate diplomacy alongside Daniel Brennan, prominent barrister and former member of the UK parliament's Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy.
Askar Amangeldiyev backs his uncle, fallen oligarch Mukhtar Ablyazov, behind the scenes
Sentenced to 20 years in prison in absentia in Kazakhstan, Mukhtar Ablyazov will soon have news of his legal position in France. Meanwhile, his backers in Brussels are still lobbying on his behalf. Intelligence Online details the role played by his nephew in setting up his support network.
Yemen's increasingly confident pro-Emirati STC launches influence campaign in Washington
Saudi Arabia has been lobbying in Washington to promote its vision for Yemen for a while. Now, the Southern Transitional Council, which has a growing footprint on the ground and a stronger presence in Yemen's legitimate governing entities, is also looking to ensure its voice is heard during the US-sponsored peace negotiations.