Kleptocracy Daily: April 13, 2017

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.


The day Manafort stepped down as Trump’s campaign advisor, a shell company controlled by Mr. Manafort was created that received $13 million in loans from two businesses with ties to Trump, including one that partners with a Ukrainian-born billionaire. (NYT)

A money laundering trial to begin mid-April in Italy has shed light on a hidden offshore operation–that included banks in Britain and Estonia–that may have contributed to a major human rights crackdown in Azerbaijan in 2013. (OCCRP)

China’s anti-corruption probe into the head of the country’s insurance watchdogcould lead to more intense regulatory scrutiny on the insurance industry. (Reuters)

A second suspect has been arrested on charges of embezzling millions of dollars from Russian’s MiG aircraft manufacturer. (Moscow Times)


Hudson Institute fellow Hannah Thoburn examines the recent protests in Russia and Belarus for World Affairs Journal.

CNN breaks down why lobbyists like Manafort don’t want to register as foreign agents.