Kleptocracy Daily: July 13, 2017

July 18: KI and the Partnership for Transparency’s Anti-Corruption Forum will host a discussion on U.S. government approaches to kleptocracy and money laundering, including investigations, prosecutions, compliance, and possible legislation. More information, registration, and a link to watch online here.

News

Investigators are re-examining conversations detected by U.S. intelligence agencies in spring 2015 that captured Russian government officials discussingassociates of Trump.

The State Department spent more than $15,000 to book 19 rooms at the new Trump hotel in Vancouver when members of Trump’s family headlined the grand opening in February.

The former president of Brazil was found guilty of corruption and money laundering and sentenced to nearly 10 years in prison.

Apple will begin storing all cloud data for its China customers with a government-owned company—a move that means relinquishing some control over its Chinese data.

The German government demanded speedy answers from Siemens, after two of the group’s gas turbines were delivered to Russian-annexed Crimea despite sanctions imposed by the EU.

A Russian court has sentenced five men convicted of killing opposition politician Boris Nemtsov to prison terms ranging from 11 to 20 years.

Features

From the Kremlin to K Street: Russia-funded radio broadcasts blocks from the White House.

How North Korea receives money that has circumvented sanctions–as told by the man who used to do it himself.

“The committee directs the Comptroller General to conduct a study conduct a study of [DoD] processes to determine the identities and cost structures of contractors, how anonymous or opaque ownership structures can circumvent these processes, potential abuses by companies with anonymous or opaque ownership structures, and means of improving such processes to enhance transparency and prevent such abuses.”
-Report on Commercial Acquisition Transparency, p. 672