Kleptocracy Daily: March 6, 2017

News

Trump helped build a hotel in Azerbaijan that is allegedly a corrupt operation engineered by oligarchs tied to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. (New Yorker)

Egypt’s feared spy agency hired DC PR and lobbying firms to clean up its image. (Buzzfeed)

Trump reverses his pledge to mandate U.S. steel for the Keystone Pipeline, instead choosing a company whose direct beneficiary is Roman Abramovich, a Russian oligarch with close ties to Putin. (Huffington Post)

The State Department suspects that Africa’s leading mobile money platform is vulnerable to money laundering. (Quartz)

Britain’s commitment to tackling high-end money laundering through London is under serious scrutiny after it emerged that regulators appear to have waved through an $800m bank transfer to a convicted criminal. (Guardian)

Russia dismisses sweeping corruption allegations against Medvedev. (WaPo) 

As China’s anti-corruption campaign continues to make headlines, a new pilot program promises to streamline regulation. (JD Supra)