From Nazis to refineries: How Switzerland has handled the world's gold

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By Dominique Soguel-dit-Picard
Swiss Info, Bern, Switzerland
Sunday, June 23, 2019

A new book exposes the dark history of gold laundering in Switzerland and the modern challenge of cleaning up a lucrative industry. This is the story of the Alpine nation's dominance over global gold trade.

Written by Swiss anti-corruption watchdog Mark Pieth, "Gold Laundering -- The Dirty Secrets of the Gold Trade and How to Clean Up" -- shines a light on the key players in the gold industry, the risks associated with large-scale versus artisanal mining, and the shortcomings of various international regulations and certification schemes.

How did we get here? In a discussion with swissinfo.ch, Pieth explained how Switzerland came to be at the heart of a highly profitable but opaque trade. These are some of the key historical moments in the Swiss gold story, according to him. ...

... For the remainder of the report:

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/historical-book_from-nazis-to-refineries--h...



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