Kleptocracy Daily: November 21, 2016

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  • The head of Ukraine’s anti-graft agency compared its attempt to launch a wealth declaration program to “a little bird hitting a glass window.” (Reuters)
  • China’s anti-corruption campaign will begin focusing on officials of Hong Kong origin. (Epoch Times)
  • Mikhail Khordokovsky has begun legal action in Ireland to unfreeze €100 million. (Irish Times)
  • Saudi Arabia is said to be investigating money laundering cases involving $4 billion. (Arabian Business)
  • South Korean prosecutors said President Park Geun-hye is a suspect in a major corruption scandal. (SCMP)
  • Foreign investors remain hesitant over “internal housekeeping” in Iran’s notoriously opaque banking system. (Bloomberg)
  • KI’s primer on the threats to democracy posed by corruption in Moldova.
  • Tristram Hunt MP called on the UK government to help today’s Sherlock Holmeses unravel the dirty money trails leading to London real estate. (Guardian)
  • The new U.S. President-elect has business interests in dozens of countries. Is that a problem? (WaPo)
  • Uri Friedman asks Fiona Hill: Can America and Russia both be great again? (Atlantic)
  • Is the Russian economic minister’s arrest part of a crackdown on Kremlin “liberals”? (VoA)
  • Petr Bologov asks whether Alisher Usmanov is the Kremlin’s new agent of influence in Uzbekistan. (Carnegie)
  • Interpol just elected a Chinese security chief as its president. Niall Fraser asks: What are the implications for Xi’s anti-graft campaign? (SCMP)
  • RFE/RL infographic: Bribery remains persuasive in many post-communist nations.