Kleptocracy Daily: April 21, 2017

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News

Trump’s inaugural committee took $1 million from a Russian-American whose money the GOP rejected; The committee also took $1 million from Access Industries, which is owned by Russian oligarch Len Blavatnik. (Quartz)

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is now a “priority” for the U.S.; CIA Director Mike Pompeo recently said: “It’s time to call out WikiLeaks for what it really is: a non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia.” (The Guardian)

The U.S. Treasury issues guidance on how to get off the sanctions list. (WSJ)

“The Chinese government crackdowns have made it extremely difficult to get money out.”
-Why China-Hollywood deals have come to a screeching halt (CNBC)

China  sought to discredit billionaire businessman Guo Wengui, painting him as a “criminal suspect” whose allegations of corruption within the highest levels of the Communist Party should not be believed. (Reuters)

Japan’s financial regulator has stepped up scrutiny of banks on their measures against money laundering and terror funding, ahead of checks by a global body for fighting illicit finance. (Malay Mail)

A former ally of Ukrainian PM Yatseniuk has been detained on suspicion of “creating a criminal organization” and “abuse of office” linked to the embezzlement of fundsfrom a state-owned mining and processing plant. (RFE/RL, in Ukrainian)

Features

A USA TODAY investigation discovered that anyone could potentially buy multimillion dollar condos from President Trump–since election day, they’ve sold 14 properties for more than $23 million. Half the buyers were shell companies, with no person named in the deeds.