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    The United States of Anonymity
    Nov04

    The United States of Anonymity

    By Casey Michel Download the full report here For years, Viktor Bout, known as the “Merchant of Death,” was considered the world’s premier arms dealer, with clients ranging from those in Muammar Qaddafi’s Libya to those in Mobutu Sese Seko’s Democratic Republic of the Congo. Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Pavlo Lazarenko,...

    Kleptocracy Daily | October 31, 2017
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    Kleptocracy Daily | October 31, 2017

    ​ Russia probe: “Mueller’s filings stand on their own as an important rebuke to global kleptocracy. That’s because the American face of the problem is Paul Manafort,”writes Franklin Foer. (Atlantic) Manafort’s indictment resonated in Ukraine, where “Mr. Manafort [allegedly] profited from financial wrongdoing in their country...

    Kleptocracy Daily | October 30, 2017
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    Kleptocracy Daily | October 30, 2017

    ​ Russia probe: Paul Manafort and his associate Rick Gates were indicted by the FBI on 12 counts this morning, including conspiracy against the United States, money laundering, and failure to disclose U.S. lobbying work for Ukraine’s Yanukovych regime. They both pleaded not guilty. Read the full indictment here. (CNN) George Papadopolous, a...

    Kleptocracy Daily | October 26, 2017
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    Kleptocracy Daily | October 26, 2017

    Event: Maintaining Transatlantic Unity on Ukraine. Streaming live from Hudson Institute at 12 p.m. EST today and featuring KI Advisory Council member Hannah Thoburn. Military technology: “Russia doesn’t only use spies to steal secrets. Sometimes those doing its dirty work are ordinary American businessmen,” writes Katie Zavadski. One...

    Kleptocracy Daily | October 23, 2017

    ​ China’s global influence campaign: As Xi Jinping pushes his vision of China as a global power, other countries are increasingly perturbed by Beijing’s aggressive interference tactics, writes Jane Perlez. (NYT) Guo Wengui: Chinese officials have reportedly been abusing their visas and breaking U.S. law to harass the whistleblower in...

    Kleptocracy Weekly | October 20, 2017 | Top news and features on globalized corruption
    Oct20

    Kleptocracy Weekly | October 20, 2017 | Top news and features on globalized corruption

    ​ China: Xi Jinping opened the 19th CCP Congress with a three-and-a-half hour speech promising a “new era” for China as a “global power.” He set out “a vision of total control – with the party guiding not only the economy and the Internet but culture, religion and morals, writes Simon Denyer. (WaPo) Xi cited the “virus” of corruption as the...

    Kleptocracy Daily: October 19, 2017
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    Kleptocracy Daily: October 19, 2017

    ​ Congress: The Helsinki Commission’s recent emphasis on kleptocracy reinforces a growing appetite on the Hill for confronting globalized corruption. (KI) Tax data: Rich countries’ failure to share tax information with developing ones under OECD Common Reporting Standards fuels kleptocracy and hurts the poorest,writes Max de...

    U.S. Helsinki Commission Takes the Lead on Combatting Kleptocracy
    Oct18

    U.S. Helsinki Commission Takes the Lead on Combatting Kleptocracy

    The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (also known as the Helsinki Commission) has used a series of recent events to highlight the threat posed by global kleptocracy to the U.S. and its allies. On October 3, KI Executive Director Charles Davidson testified at a Helsinki Commission hearing on Combatting Kleptocracy with Incorporation...

    Kleptocracy Daily: October 18, 2017
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    Kleptocracy Daily: October 18, 2017

    ​ China: Xi Jinping opened the 19th CCP Congress with a three-and-a-half hour speech setting out “a vision of total control — with the party guiding not only the economy and the Internet but culture, religion and morals,” writes Simon Denyer. Xi cited the “virus” of corruption as the greatest threat to the Party and promised to maintain the...

    Kleptocracy Daily: October 16, 2017
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    Kleptocracy Daily: October 16, 2017

    ​ Africa: The Paris trial of Equatorial Guinea’s Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue is the first time that a kleptocrat has faced a jail sentence, writes Casey Michel. (American Interest) An investigative report shows how the leaders of seven countries plunder their economies and store wealth in offshore jurisdictions. (ZAM) A sports official...

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