Kleptocracy Daily: June 21, 2017

The latest on KI’s blog: Natalie Duffy discusses how the Armed Services Committee has a revolving door all its own.

News

A bill to expand sanctions against Moscow and wrest greater control over Russia policy from the White House has hit a snag in the House of Representatives after passing in the Senate last week.

The U.S. Treasury Department added to its blacklist targeting those fomenting conflict in Ukraine.

Pence emphasizes Ukraine’s fight against corruption in a meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

The Chinese Embassy in Washington is exploring hiring new public relations representation as they navigate Trump’s Washington.

Denmark is tightening its anti-money laundering laws in response to revelations in the so-called Panama Papers, with the government targeting tougher prison sentences for individual bank managers and consultants involved in breaches.

Features

After the dead body of an MI6 spy was found locked in a sports bag in London, police said the death was “probably an accident” – but British and American spy agencies have secret intelligence suggesting Gareth Williams may have beenassassinated over highly sensitive work on Russia.

An insider describes the Bayrock Group, its links to the Trump family, and its mysterious access to funds. [Note: It is alleged that Bayrock was a money laundering front and connected to post-Soviet organized crime groups, in particular Felix Sater, a mobster turned FBI informant.]

A majority of Russians don’t trust Putin to solve corruption. But they trust him to run the country.