Kleptocracy Daily: March 30, 2017


KI’s Charles Davidson will be on an upcoming panel at Brookings, ‘One year after the Panama Papers: Progress on anonymous corporate ownership?’ Register here


Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Hroysman has called on the entire state anticorruption agency to resign over persistent technical problems on a website where government officials electronically declare their assets. (RFE/RL)

China’s crackdown on corruption may be easing. (Nikkei Asian Review)

U.S. officials “verified” a key claim in a report about Kremlin involvement in Donald Trump’s election – that a Russian diplomat in Washington was in fact a spy. (BBC)

Xi’s close aide heads an office that is chasing corruption suspects who have fled abroad. (SCMP)


“Delaware, Nevada, and Wyoming currently lead a raft of states offering guarantees of privacy in return for expanding their anonymous clientele—a service accessed by leading arms dealers and foreign kleptocrats alike.”

-Casey Michel, Quartz

A new Transparency International report identifies the top 10 money laundering loopholes allow corrupt cash to flood the biggest real estate markets. 

The New Yorker looks at Deutsche Bank, mirror trades, and more Russian threads.

Damir Marusic and Karina Orlova have a new piece in The American Interest that analyzes the recent anti-corruption protests in Russia and what it means for Medvedev. 

The Moscow Times argues that the anti-corruption protests cost Russia’s prime minister his future, and that the race to fill his position in the March 2018 election is on.