Kleptocracy Daily: April 20, 2017

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News

Exxon Mobil has applied to the Treasury Department for a waiver from U.S. sanctions on Russia in a bid to resume its joint venture with Russian state oil giant Rosneft; Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is Exxon’s former CEO. (WSJ)

A Russian government think tank controlled by Vladimir Putin developed a plan to swing the 2016 U.S. presidential election to Donald Trump and undermine voters’ faith in the American electoral system. (Reuters)

The collective wealth of Russia’s 200 richest businessmen has increased by $100 billion dollars to a total of $460 billion on the year, reported Forbes. (Meduza)

A storm is brewing in China’s financial industry as President Xi seeks to stem collusion among senior regulators, ruling elite family members and private tycoonsahead of a key Communist Party meeting later this year. (SCMP)

China has issued stricter regulations requiring officials to report personal information, including assets, to the ruling Communist Party. (Reuters)

A prominent Russian journalist known for articles criticizing Russia’s government and Putin has died at a hospital in St. Petersburg after being severely beaten by unknown assailants. (RFE/RL)

Interpol issued a red notice for Chinese tycoon Guo Wengui ‘at Beijing’s request’ after a corruption claim report. (SCMP)

Egypt’s former interior minister, known as the “enforcer” of ousted President Mubarak’s regime, was sentenced to 7 years in jail for stealing over $110 million in public funds. (OCCRP)

Features

“Vladimir Putin, having stamped out the last embers of post-Communist democratization and imposed one-man rule, has invaded two of the former republics of the Soviet Union and uses economic leverage and dirty tricks to ensure the elimination of democracy in others.”
-Jeffrey Gedmin and Joshua Muravchik, WaPo op-ed