Kleptocracy Daily: April 7, 2017

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News

The FBI and federal immigration agents searched a hotel and two homes in California for evidence related to an alleged $50 million visa fraud scheme that gave green cards to Chinese nationals, including criminals on China’s most wanted list. (San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

Three Baltic Russian-language news sites known collectively as Baltnews are secretly linked to the Kremlin’s global propaganda network. (ReBalitca)

The European Parliament has overwhelmingly approved a resolution calling for the “immediate release and dropping of all charges” against Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny “and all the peaceful protesters and journalists detained after the recent demonstrations in Russia.” (RFE/RL)

A controversial Chinese copper mine in Afghanistan has run into complications after the executive leading the $3 billion project was expelled from the Chinese Communist Party for corruption. (CNBC)

Features

Oliver Bullough’s op-ed in the NYT details how the offshore financial industry allows a flood of dirty capital pouring into U.S. real estate, without any clarity as to who owns it.

A new NRGI report examines over 100 real-world cases of license or contract awardsin the oil, gas and mining sectors, in 49 resource-producing countries, in which accusations of corruption arose.

In an op-ed in The Washington Post, Christian Caryl looks at Russian disinformation in the Baltics.

On the first anniversary of the release of the Panama Papers, the FACT Coalition examines what we have learned–and what still needs to be done.