Security firms fuming over TotalEnergies Tripoli contract
Total's compliance service says the company's deal with Marcus Security and Basalt is above board, but regular private security suppliers are up in arms.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
The US private security provider and investigator, enlisted in Ukraine in a personal capacity, was one of the voices that pushed for the creation of a 4th battalion within the International Legion. The new unit will specialise in selecting and training instructors and troops for the rest of the foreign fighters corps.
The French banker's new role as economic and business adviser to the UK prime minister Rishi Sunak caps a career in the City of London, where he has a solid network in financial, diplomatic and intelligence circles through the Legion d'Honneur.
Experts and retired military officers from several Arctic nations have quietly convened again at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, whose director Thomas Greminger is pushing to reopen communication channels between Russia and the West.
The London private investigation and security firm, which assists security agencies across the Commonwealth, has been working on a dispute between Hungarian energy giant MOL and the Croatian government that has raged for more than 10 years.
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