This article is a follow-up piece to “Russian Dolls: The Biggest Scandal Never Reported.”

On 21 February 2018, 27-year-old investigative journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kušnírová were found dead at Kuciak’s home in the village of Veľká Mača in Slovakia. Kuciak had been shot twice in the chest at close range. Kušnírová had been shot once in the head. The killings sent shockwaves across Europe, with many alarmed by the erosion of press freedoms across the continent. Ján Kuciak’s murder came just months after the assassination of the Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. …

“A suburb is an attempt to get out of reach of the city without having the city be out of reach”, an aphorist once wrote.

North Finchley, with its tree-lined streets and mock-tudor houses, is a London suburb like any other. It is cut in half by the Finchley Road, one of Central London’s main radial roads that runs north from Regent’s Park to Golders Green.

Just off the Finchley Road is the even sleepier Woodberry Grove, a cul-de-sac that hosts a curious secret: a business premises that has been used to register tens of thousands of shell companies.


James Dowsett

Freelance journalist — @mmcosmoi 🐦

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