Grand corruption is the abuse of high-level power that benefits the few at the expense of the many, and causes serious and widespread harm to individuals and society. It often goes unpunished. It concerns millions of victims around the world. It’s time the corrupt face the consequences for their crimes. Together we can make that happen!

Together with you, we ran this campaign in 2015-2016. So many of you voted and made your voices heard. Thank you for your support!

Hundreds of concerned citizens submitted nominations and thousands voted for the 15 symbolic cases of Grand Corruption. We were deeply inspired by the commitment and the courage of people like you. We remain convinced that together, we can work to end Grand Corruption and its devastating effects.

Because so many cases received a large number of votes, Transparency International decided to pursue nine of the symbolic cases of grand corruption. These were: Zine Al-Abidine Ben Ali, Felix Bautista, US State of Delaware, FIFA, the Akhmad Kadyrov Foundation of Chechnya, Lebanon’s Political System, Ricardo Martinelli and Cronies, Petrobras and Viktor Yanukovych. (See below for more detail on each case)

The nine cases were chosen based on popular voting by the public and also because of their widespread impact on human rights, and on the need to highlight the less visible side of grand corruption, such as laws allowing anonymous companies and those who facilitate corrupt deals.

Learn more about the cases of grand corruption we targeted during this campaign.

  • US State of Delaware

    Corporate secrecy haven

    • Cross-border crime hub due to secrecy rules
    • No data collected on beneficial owners
    • Ordinary citizens hardest hit
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  • Felix Bautista

    Dominican Republic Senator

    • Allegedly enriched self with millions in state funds
    • Political connections appear to make him untouchable
    Find out more
  • Ricardo Martinelli and cronies

    Former President of Panama and his close allies

    • Allegedly diverted US$100 million from citizens
    • Violated basic human rights of children
    Find out more
  • FIFA

    Football’s world governing body

    • Top FIFA officials accused of stealing millions
    • 81 money laundering cases probed
    • Billions of fans outraged
    Find out more
  • Akhmad Kadyrov Foundation

    Chechnyan body for social and economic development

    • Makes up to US$60 million per month from people, while 80% live in poverty
    • Entertains and offers lavish gifts and money to Hollywood stars
    Find out more

  • Lebanon’s political system

    Systemic corruption in government, authorities and institutions

    • Private firms routinely bribe officials for contracts
    • Service delivery failures risk lives of citizens
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  • Petrobras

    Brazil's state-controlled oil giant

    • US$2 billion in bribes
    • Money in bribes reportedly go to politicians
    • Tens of thousands of jobs lost
    Find out more
  • Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali

    Former president of Tunisia

    • Accused of stealing up to US$2.6 billion from Tunisians
    • Cronies could escape justice
    Find out more
  • Viktor Yanukovych

    Former President of Ukraine

    • Lived in multimillion-dollar villa
    • Millions in state assets ended up in private hands
    • Fled to Russia before charged with embezzlement
    Find out more

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Campaign Resources

The resources here will help you delve deeper into the issue and understand how critical it is to unmask the corrupt.

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Leaving the corrupt at the door: from denial of entry to passport sales (5 pages)


Ending secrecy to end impunity: tracing the beneficial owner (5 pages)


Regulating luxury investments: What dirty money can’t buy (4 pages)