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Operation Car Wash: how did we get here?

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Justice Minister Sergio Moro

Brazil’s Operation Car Wash is one of the world’s largest-ever corruption investigations, in which the Federal Police uncovered a huge web of kickbacks involving state-owned companies, major construction firms, and high-ranking politicians. In progress for over five years, the operation has borne dozens upon dozens of different phases, branching out into several major cities across the country.

Lauded as heroic by some, derided as biased and unethical by others, we have gone through the history of this truly historic investigation, which has time and time again made huge impacts on the Brazilian political discourse.

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