- KI’s Natalie Duffy on why the recent spate of retroactive foreign lobbying filings undermines any transparency the legislation hopes to achieve.
- Casey Michel talks to Will Fitzgibbon of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists on the anniversary of the Panama Papers release.
- KI’s Belinda Li examines how campaign finance loopholes could be exploited by foreign powers to influence U.S. elections.
- 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.
- Hudson Institute’s Hannah Thoburn and David Satter discuss what it means for the U.S. to have a good relationship with Russia.
- There is new evidence that top executives at Shell knew money paid to the Nigerian government for a vast oil field would be passed to a convicted money-launderer. (BBC)
- A piece in American Banker argues that state incorporation laws are good for crooks, but bad for banks.
- Newly obtained financial records confirm at least $1.2 million in payments listed in the Manafort ledger were actually received by his consulting firm in the U.S., providing the first evidence that Manafort’s firm received at least some money listed in the so-called Black Ledger. (AP)
- The FBI obtained a secret court order to monitor communications from former Trump adviser Carter Page in summer 2016, after demonstrating that there was probable cause to believe Page was acting as an agent of a foreign power, in this case Russia. (WaPo)
- Roll Call evaluates some of the weaknesses in the Foreign Agents Registration Act–and where there are areas for reform.
- The European Parliament casts a critical eye on where NGOs get their money. (POLITICO)
- A Russian computer programmer has been arrested in Spain under a U.S. warrant, though authorities remain tight-lipped about the reasons for his arrest. (The Daily Beast)
- 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)
- A new RFE/RL infographic looks at who Russians blame for corruption.
- A new documentary on the murder of Alexander Litvinenko, Hunting the KGB Killers, will premiere on Britain’s Channel 4 Monday, April 17.
- Rosneft, an oil corporation majority-owned by the Russian government, says it has the right to claim an ownership stake in U.S. oil company Citgo Petroleum if Citgo’s cash-strapped parent company defaults on billions in loans; if that claim succeeds, Rosneft would own a sizable chunk of a company that is among the 10 largest petroleum refiners in America. (CBS)
- Oliver Bullough’s latest piece in the Guardian: After a revolution overthrew Ukraine’s disgraced president, Theresa May promised to help the country’s new leaders recover stolen assets. But the UK’s first case collapsed within a year.
- China’s anti-corruption probe into the head of the country’s insurance watchdog could lead to more intense regulatory scrutiny on the insurance industry. (Reuters)