Kleptocracy Daily: March 27, 2017

News

Senate committee to question Jared Kushner over meetings with Russians. (NYT)

Sweeping anti-corruption protests occurred in Russia over the weekend after accusations that Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev channeled bribes through non-profit organizations and built a collection of yachts and lavish mansions. (Moscow Times)

  • Opposition leader Alexei Navalny was jailed and fined; more than 1,000 others were arrested
  • The U.S. and EU condemned the protests. 
  • Medvedev dodged the protests with a lavish skiing holiday
  • Likewise in Belarus, thousands have taken to the streets in recent weeks in the country’s largest antigovernment demonstrations in years.

Malta faces an annual €8 billion money laundering risk, according to figures quoted in a study presented to the European Parliament’s Pana committee. (Times of Malta)

Nearly 1 in 3 Marylanders say corruption is a big problem in state government. (WaPo)

Features

A new Global Financial Integrity report finds that transnational crime is a $1.6 trillion to $2.2 trillion annual ‘business’

The Atlantic looks at what the wave of Russian protests means for Putin