Kleptocracy Daily: April 28, 2017

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News

A firm co-founded by Trump’s original campaign manager appears to have been pitching clients around the world by offering not only policy and political advice, but also face time with President Trump, VP Pence and senior members of their administration, despite not filing any lobbying documents. (POLITICO)

The annexed peninsula of Crimea could be transformed into a tax haven under new legislation set to appear before the Russian parliament. The law would allow overseas residents to stash their funds in the region anonymously and offer an array of financial incentives for regional investors. (The Moscow Times)

The UK’s Criminal Finances Act 2017 has become law; this act will give law enforcement agencies and partners, further capabilities and powers to recover the proceeds of crime, tackle money laundering, tax evasion and corruption, and combat the financing of terrorism. (UK Government)

China’s top anti-graft watchdog released new information on 22 fugitives who are hiding out abroad down to the street names where they may live, as China ramps up pressure on corruption suspects who have fled overseas. (Reuters)

Police have searched a Moscow office of Open Russia, an NGO backed by Kremlin foe Mikhail Khodorkovsky, stepping up pressure on the group two days before street protests it’s seeking to organize. (RFE/RL)

French prosecutors are investigating possible irregularities in the decision to award the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, looking into possible offenses including private corruption, conspiracy, and influence peddling. (RFE/RL)

Russia’s former anti-corruption chief has been jailed for 22 years after being found guilty of running an extortion racket worth $4.1 million. (The Moscow Times)

A Chinese billionaire tweeted about Chinese government corruption–then, Twitter suspended his account. (NYT)

Features

Sudan’s government is a violent kleptocracy, a system of misrule characterized by state capture and co-opted institutions, where a small ruling group maintains power indefinitely through various forms of corruption and violence.”
-New Enough Project report on Sudan

Corruption has long been with us. The fall of the Roman Empire is said to have been hastened by corrupt officials, who stuffed their pockets while the empire ran out of money. And in the 21st Century?”
-A PRI podcast on kleptocracy and corruption throughout history