Økokrim: The war in Ukraine increases the risk of corruption for Norwegian companies

ØkokrimPhoto: Tore Meek / NTB

The war in Ukraine increases the risk of Norwegian companies potentially being involved in corruption abroad, Økokrim believes, according to the newspaper Dagens Næringsliv. 

Økokrim believes that Norwegian companies that operate abroad are now extra exposed to being involved in corruption. The reason for this is resource scarcity all over the world and new trade routes due to the war in Ukraine, DN writes.

“When there is a shortage of resources… the risk of corruption increases,” Økokrim chief Pål Lønseth stated.

Pandemic spread of corruption

He describes the situation in some of the countries in which Norwegian companies operate as “a pandemic spread of corruption.”

According to Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK), Økokrim believes that the biggest challenge associated with the refugee situation as a result of the war in Ukraine is that human traffickers and others can exploit vulnerable refugees for prostitution or forced labor.

Unskilled labor

Among other things, Økokrim believes that criminal actors can try to exploit vulnerable employees.

“Especially in sectors where there is a need for a lot of unskilled labor – building and construction, the cleaning industry, the transport business…” Pål Lønseth noted.

Fishing industry

According to VG, Økokrim also points to crime in the fishing industry as one of the biggest threats – including under- and incorrect reporting of catches.

“Fishing industry crime is generally difficult to detect. There are few objective clues and few automated reporting points. This means that it requires a lot of investigators,” Lønseth stated.

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3 Comments on "Økokrim: The war in Ukraine increases the risk of corruption for Norwegian companies"

  1. Vernon Childers | 3. May 2022 at 16:45 | Reply

    A good read is “War is a Racket”. People get rich off of wars and big money is to be made from other people’s tribulation, suffering; grief, anguish, torment, and desolation.

  2. Vernon Childers | 3. May 2022 at 16:54 | Reply

    Pope Francis repeated comments he has made in general audiences and in other interviews that the war is nothing more than a giant opportunity for a “trade-in arms” and that it is still ongoing because of the constant shuttling of weapons to Ukraine. He has spoken twice by phone to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, but mostly to urge him not to fight back. He also went to the Russian embassy to the Holy See days after the invasion began to “register his concerns” about what was happening.

    The Russians now know that tanks are of little use and are thinking of other things. This is why wars are waged: to test the weapons we have produced. Few people are fighting this trade, but more should be done.”

  3. Vernon Childers | 3. May 2022 at 16:59 | Reply

    The 85-year-old pontiff said that the real “scandal” of Putin’s war is “NATO barking at Russia’s door,” which he said caused the Kremlin to “react badly and unleash the conflict.”

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