Kleptocracy Weekly: April 14, 2017


  • 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.



  • 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)



  • 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)