Kleptocracy Daily: May 30, 2017

One of Trump’s closest advisers—who is also his son-in-law—is the latest White House official implicated in backdoor dealings with the Russian government.

Russian government officials discussed having potentially “derogatory” information about then-presidential candidate Trump and some of his top aides in conversations intercepted by US intelligence during the 2016 election, according to two former intelligence officials and a congressional source.

Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny and his allies have formally requested permission from the authorities to hold anticorruption rallies in Moscow and several other cities on June 12.

A Lebanese man accused of trying to use his ties to Hezbollah to further a scheme to launder drug money pleaded guilty in a Brooklyn, New York federal court to a U.S. money laundering conspiracy charge.

Singapore’s financial regulator imposed fines on two large banks including Credit Suisse as it concluded a two-year investigation into widespread anti-money laundering failuresthroughout its financial system related to alleged misappropriations from Malaysian state fund 1MDB.

Swiss police have arrested five people in Switzerland and abroad for involvement in aninternational money laundering ring involving cocaine sales.

The Bank of Ireland was fined for breaching money laundering and terror financing rules.

Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo could face charges of tax evasion after allegations from the Spanish tax agency that he defrauded the authorities of €15 million between 2011 and 2014.


European Parliament party The Greens strike Luxembourg and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in a letter on European tax cooperation resistance.