Kleptocracy Daily: June 12, 2017

News

A mysterious filing by a Washington lobbying powerhouse is raising more questions about the firm’s role in lobbying on behalf of foreign governments.

Inquiries from overseas authorities investigating the trail of dirty cash flowing to the UK have increased 12%.

Today, thousands of people marched through the streets of towns and cities acrossRussia to protest against corruption. Opposition leader Alexey Navalny, who called for nationwide demonstrations, was detained outside his Moscow office after police declared that his plan to direct protesters down one of the capital’s main streets was illegal.

A video accusing Russian PM Medvedev of corruption was published on two government websites one day ahead of planned nationwide anticorruption protests, a move which is suspected to be the work of hackers.

AG Sessions will testify in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee this week to respond to Comey’s testimony about him last week as part of an ongoing investigation into ties between Russia and the Trump administration.

Thousands of Slovaks rallied to protest against corruption and demand the resignation of the interior minister over his ties with a developer under investigation for tax fraud.

Racketeering and selling 10,000 pounds of stolen chocolate: U.S. law enforcement agencies announced a litany of charges against 33 people — including 27 who were allegedly associated with a Russian crime syndicate.

China’s anti-corruption agency: Another Chinese region faked fiscal data. [The latest finding will bolster long-existing skepticism about the reliability of Chinese economic data, reflecting local governments’ penchant for inflating statistics amid a protracted slowdown in the world’s second-largest economy.]

Features

DoJ lawyers are arguing that Trump isn’t violating a Constitutional provision that bars federal officials from accepting payments from foreign governments because the clause doesn’t apply to certain transactions.

Afghanistan’s government is mired in a war against a 16-year insurgency that has forced the capital into virtual lockdown, ignited deadly protests, and compelled the head of state to retreat. But off the battlefield, it is also waging a campaign against another evil: systemic government corruption.