Kleptocracy Daily: March 31, 2017

News

A State Department employee has been arrested and charged with concealing extensive contacts with Chinese agents. (DoJ Press Release)

Senators call for a probe of Trump firm’s Azerbaijan business connections. (RFE/RL)

The former South Korean president has been arrested in a corruption probe, in which she is accused of helping friend extort donations from business empires in exchange for political favors. (WSJ)

Putin downplays Russia’s recent anticorruption protests, as a Moscow court upholds opposition leader Navalny’s jail sentence. (RFE/RL)

A former senior political advisor, the police chief of Tianjin, stands trial for graft. (Xinhua)

Former CSIS directors question Canada’s pursuit of extradition treaty with China, while a plan to quietly ratify the China-Australia extradition treaty has collapsed–extradition treaties have been a key part of China’s efforts to arrest corrupt officials hiding abroad. (The Globe and Mail; Sydney Morning Herald)

Brazil’s former house speaker has been sentenced to prison for corruption. (WSJ)