Kleptocracy Daily: April 12, 2017

The latest on KI’s website: Casey Michel talks to Will Fitzgibbon of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists on the anniversary of the Panama Papers release.

KI will host Oleksander Danyliuk, Minister of Finance of Ukraine, for a discussion with Walter Russell Mead at Hudson Institute on April 19. Sign up or watch live.

News

Newly obtained financial records confirm at least $1.2 million in payments listed in the Manafort ledger were actually received by his consulting firm in the U.S., providing the first evidence that Manafort’s firm received at least some money listed in the so-called Black Ledger. (AP)

The FBI obtained a secret court order to monitor communications from former Trump adviser Carter Page in summer 2016, after demonstrating that there was probable cause to believe Page was acting as an agent of a foreign power, in this case Russia. (WaPo)

Rosneft, an oil corporation majority-owned by the Russian government, says it has the right to claim an ownership stake in U.S. oil company Citgo Petroleum if Citgo’s cash-strapped parent company defaults on billions in loans; if that claim succeeds,Rosneft would own a sizable chunk of a company that is among the 10 largest petroleum refiners in America. (CBS)

Russian spies’ go-to tactics of loans, payments, and sweetheart deals are under investigation as the House Intelligence Committee investigates whether these tactics were used with respect to the Trump organization. (NPR)

New videos show Ukrainian MPs voting illegally for their colleagues in parliament. (RFE/RL)

An exposé of corruption at the top level of China’s centuries-old petition system has confirmed public fears of flaws in the set-up and sparked calls for greater reform. (SCMP)

Brazil’s Supreme Court has ordered investigations into 1/3 of the country’s sitting ministers and scores of top politicians for alleged corruption. (WSJ)

Features

Oliver Bullough’s latest piece in the Guardian: After a revolution overthrew Ukraine’s disgraced president, Theresa May promised to help the country’s new leaders recover stolen assets. But the UK’s first case collapsed within a year.

Roll Call evaluates some of the weaknesses in the Foreign Agents Registration Act–and where there are areas for reform.