The publishers of new Web site CrimiScope hope it will expose rampant crime in Central and Eastern Europe. They also hope it will sell security products.
Steven Slatem, CriminiScope's publisher and editor in chief, launched the site earlier this week. He hopes to run it on donations and advertising for, of course, security products.
While there are plenty of sites that focus on crime in the United States--including thousands of online newspapers--finding sites that focus on crime in Eastern Europe are harder to find.
Slatem plans to include crime stories from across the continent with the idea that exposing crime will help combat it. "Crime-fighting professionals alone cannot win against the immense, evil forces which are tightening their grip upon the newly born democracies of Central and Eastern Europe," he said.
CrimiScope is open to anyone and is hoping to keep itself afloat by using security-oriented advertising and asking for donations.
The site includes news from Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Kazakstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia & Montenegro, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, the Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.
Topics include corruption, fraud, murder, terrorism, drugs, prostitution, racial crimes, espionage, high-tech crime, and just enough politics and economics.
CrimiScope is produced by IntelliTech Media, a multinational company based in Palo Alto, California.