Kleptocracy Daily: October 3, 2016


Monday’s must-read: Former members of Congress are using their influence to lobby on behalf of foreign powers – not all of which are U.S. allies. (Politico)

The U.S. may have seized $600 million from accounts owned by Gulnara Karimova, daughter of Uzbekistan’s late dictator, but officials aren’t ready to hand it back until his successors prove it won’t just be stolen again. (RFE/RL)

How does Vladimir Putin, “a lonely and increasingly absent leader in an ever-shrinking world,” make decisions? Karen Dawisha reviews “All The Kremlin’s Men” by Mikhail Zygar. (WSJ)

An in-depth look at the mastermind – or scapegoat – behind Deutsche Bank’s $10 billion Russian mirror-trade scandal. (Bloomberg)

Two U.S. officials were drugged at an anti-corruption conference in St. Petersburg last year, likely part of the Kremlin’s escalating harassment campaign against American diplomats and officials. (RFE/RL)

Five men have gone on trial for the killing of Boris Nemtsov; his family says the investigation was a sham. Russian authorities detained a Ukrainian journalist, ostensibly on espionage charges. (BBC, Moscow Times)

An Indian tax amnesty revealed $9.5 billion in previously undeclared income and assets. (BBC)