Kleptocracy Daily: March 15, 2017

News

Monica Crowley — who bowed out of a Trump administration post after a plagiarism scandal — is now registered as a foreign agent for Ukrainian billionaire oligarch Victor Pinchuk. (The Hill)

Iran is setting up shell shipping companies to export weapons and illicit goods. (Fox News)

Moldova believes Russian security services are attempting to derail a Moldovan probe into a Russian-led money laundering operation that funneled $22.3 billion of Russian money through the Moldovan financial system between 2011-2014. (U.S. News & World Report)

In the wake of the Panama Papers, the Danish Financial Services Authority said that Danish banks should significantly increase their focus on complying with rules to avoid money laundering and tax evasion. (Reuters)

Andorra bank seeks an investigation after the U.S. Treasury forced closure for ‘money laundering’. (Reuters)

President Putin may downgrade corruption charges against former Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev; he was charged with extorting a $2 million bribe from Russia’s state-controlled oil behemoth Rosneft. (Moscow Times)

Why tycoons who own publicly-listed companies in Hong Kong are on high alert amid President Xi’s crackdown on corruption. (Institutional Investor)

Features

The Daily Beast analyzes how investigative reporters are using social media posts to reveal the corruption of officials in Russia who live lives of excess.