This fictional drama series is loosely inspired by an investigation of alleged corruption in private and state oil and construction companies in Brazil.
The Mechanism season 1 is based on real events that occurred in Brazil. A group of investigators disclosed a secret mechanism for money laundering. This corruption scandal became the largest in the history of the country. Netflix channel offers us to watch the cinematic version of those events. Simple provincial prosecutors, who were shocked by the scope of the theft, managed to bring corrupt officials to the surface. The damage from their activities, the main role in which was assigned to the Petrobras oil corporation amounted to more than two billion dollars. Top-managers of the state company received bribes for concluding contracts at inflated prices for many years. They took three percent from each transaction. Both sides with the help of mediators took abroad stolen millions, not forgetting to share with politicians and other interested persons. The scandal had such a resonance that a political, and then an economic crisis broke out in Brazil. The leadership of the oil and gas giant was sent to resign, and the shares collapsed. More than sixty politicians of the federal level came under investigation, and the account of open criminal cases went to hundreds. In total, about 230 firms of different sizes took part in the fraudulent mechanism. The damage that the criminals inflicted to the economy was enormous. And it will continue to affect its condition for a long time. This operation is known in history under the code name “Car Wash”. Thus, we will get acquainted with the investigation of corruption schemes inside Brazilian private and state oil and construction companies in new episodes of The Mechanism.Read more »