Daily Brief – April 18, 2016

China Allows Death Penalty For “Extremely Serious” Corruption Cases – Deutsche Welle

The sentence, which is non-mandatory, can be applied in cases involving more than $463,000.

 

A Man of Modest Means? Putin Says He Made Just $133,000 in 2015 – RFE/RL

The official figures state that Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin’s spokesman, earned four times more than Putin last year.

 

Russian Investigators to Question Browder on Magnitsky Killing – Moscow Times

Accusations sent to Russia’s Investigative Committee by Pavel Karpov represent a bewildering inversion of the facts established by a UK public inquiry in January.

 

Corruption in Ukraine: Drifting Offshore – Vice News

A video report from the frontline of Ukraine’s crippling struggle against corrupt elites.

 

Russia’s FSB Raids Moscow Office Of Oligarch Prokhorov – RFE/RL

The raid may have been retaliation for RBK’s coverage of the Panama Papers.

 

Transparency Key in Fighting Graft – South China Morning Post

Is catching “tigers” or “flies” more important in China’s anti-corruption drive?

 

Kremlin Apologizes to German Newspaper, Goldman Sachs for Putin’s Statement – Moscow Times

In a rare admission, Dmitry Peskov took the blame.

 

China to Prosecute Former Guangdong Vice Governor for Graft – Reuters

Liu Zhigeng has also been accused of engaging in “superstitious activities.”

 

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