Kleptocracy Daily: May 24, 2017

News

Former CIA Director John Brennan said he spoke directly to the head of Russia’s main security agency last summer, complaining about the harassment of U.S. diplomats and apparent Russian efforts to meddle in the presidential election campaign.

A federal appeals court in Washington ruled against owners of the now defunct Banca Privada d’Andorra who had sought to reverse an order by the U.S. Treasury Department declaring the institution a “primary money laundering concern.”

Transparency International is coming under renewed pressure in Russia, where senior lawmakers are calling for the global anticorruption watchdog’s local affiliate to be investigated — or even banned altogether — for allegedly threatening a member of parliament.

A subsidiary of Russian oil giant Rosneft has canceled an order for luxury tableware(including $260 teaspoons) amid a public row with Russian anti-corruption campaigner and politician Alexei Navalny.

Features

Miami’s Porsche Design Tower developers–whose luxury condominium on Sunny Isles once featured Alicia Keys as a headliner–have been tied to the ongoing Brazilian money laundering probe.

Forbes asks the question on China’s project: One Belt, One Road, Many Bribes?