Kleptocracy Daily: June 7, 2017

Next Wednesday, KI launches Weaponizing Kleptocracy: Putin’s Hybrid Warfare, a report by Marius Laurinavicius: Join us at Hudson Institute.

News

U.S. Senators are discussing whether to add more stringent Russia sanctions in an upcoming bill targeting Iran. (WaPo)

The top U.S. intelligence official reportedly told associates that President Trump asked him to intervene in the FBI’s Russia probe. Former FBI director James Comey will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee at 10 a.m. tomorrow , and is expected to answer questions on the Russia investigation. (WaPo, NYT)

Russia’s super-rich are giving up residency to avoid laws requiring them to disclose offshore wealth. (Reuters)

The Russian Duma passed a law to create a blacklist of corrupt officials. (Rapsi)

A Chinese mayor convicted of receiving bribes from a businessman with a track-record of political donations in Australia was sentenced to death. (Sydney Morning Herald)

Which industries have the most FCPA-related investigations? (FCPA Blog)

Features

ICYMI: Kate Bateman and KI’s Charles Davidson on why America must continue the global fight against kleptocracy. (The Hill).

What makes the Russian president tick? “At his most fundamental level, Putin is a kleptocrat, committed first and foremost to the preservation of the authoritarian mafia state he helms,” says Jamie Kirchick. (New European)

…And why does Putin seem to enjoy poisoning opponents? (CBS)