Kleptocracy Daily: March 20, 2017

The latest on KI.org:

  • KI’s Executive Director Charles Davidson was part of a U.S. delegation in Lithuania that met with the Lithuanian foreign minister to discuss “Europe and the United States: Reaffirming Transatlantic Solidarity”.


Information gleaned from OCCRP and Novaya Gazeta reveals that Britain’s banks processed nearly $740 million from a vast money laundering operation run by Russian criminals with links to the Russian government and the KGB; a separate article on the Russian ‘laundromat’ details how $80 billion was siphoned from Russia from 2010 to 2014. (Guardian)

At the much anticipated house intelligence hearing this morning, committee members and the two witnesses–FBI Director James Comey and NSA head Michael Rogers–discussed Russian interference in the U.S. election, wiretapping claims, foreign lobbying, and Russian influence.  (WaPo)

A new report found that at least 63 individuals with Russian passports or addresses have bought at least $98.4 million worth of property in seven Trump-branded luxury towers in southern Florida. (Reuters)

Kommersant alleges that an intelligence agent charged by the U.S. in the hacking of half a billion Yahoo user accounts worked at an investment bank owned by billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, who also owns the Brooklyn Nets basketball team. (AP)

60 Minutes examined the unfortunate fate that stalks some of Putin’s most prominent critics: unsolved shootings, suspicious suicides and poisonings. (CBS)

A Russian bank raised $60 million in Ireland just before its collapse; its license was revoked among fraud allegations. (Bloomberg)

A member of Lithuania’s parliament is facing impeachment proceedings and an investigation into whether his ties to Russian business and media posed a threat to national security. (Reuters)

Federal agents raided the operations of Brazil’s largest food companies over accusations that their employees oversaw a scheme that included bribing inspectors to allow salmonella-contaminated meat to be exported to Europe. (NYT)