Kleptocracy Daily: May 18, 2017

News

VEB, a Russian state-run bank under scrutiny by U.S. investigators, financed a deal involving Trump’s onetime partner in a Toronto hotel tower at a key moment for the project.

A U.S. Navy Admiral was sentenced to 18 months in prison for lying about his 20-year relationship with the owner of the foreign defense contractor at the center of a massive bribery and fraud scandal.

A UK firm is probed for bribery in a multimillion dollar defense deal.

Canada backed a Magnitsky bill sanctioning rights violators in Russia.

Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov has published a video tirade against opposition leader Alexei Navalny, branding him a “loser” in a 12-minute online rant.

Israel warns arms dealers of crackdown on bribery in advance of an OECD report on anti-corruption in Israel’s weapons trade.

Brazilian opposition lawmakers called on the president to resign after a newspaper reported that he encouraged a top businessman to buy the silence of a jailed former congressional leader.

Features

Ahead of the presidential visit, Saudi prince’s ministry shells out $5.4 million to a Washington lobbyist.

Rich Russians are flocking to Cyprus to become – not Russian. Foreigners can become citizens in less than 6 months in exchange for investing 2 million euros.

China’s new anti-corruption body raises questions about the rule of law.

Latvian banks are involved in massive international money-laundering schemes–yet no one is punished.

More CEOs are getting forced out for ethics violations.