Kleptocracy Daily: February 7, 2017

  • Is it fair to call Putin a killer? The corrupt and ruthless system he has built certainly is. (Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg)
  • David Satter on Trump’s defense of Putin: “Cooperation with Russia… could involve the U.S. in crimes that neither the American people nor the world will accept.” (WSJ)
  • China’s billionaires are impeding Xi’s efforts to rebalance the economy – and need to watch their backs. (William Pesek, Japan Times)
  • Why are Romanians still protesting against corruption? (Carmen Fishwick, Guardian)
  • Somalia’s election is being fueled by bribes. (Jeffrey Gettleman, NYT)
  • The Trump administration is suffering from perceptions of corruption. (Travis Edwards, GAB)