Kleptocracy Daily: July 27, 2017

STREAMING LIVE NOW: Foreign Agents hearing in the House Judiciary Committee, day 2, in which Bill Browder will be testifying.

News

The DoJ has identified a former business associate of ex-Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, Dmytro Firtash, as an “upper-echelon [associate] of Russian organized crime.”

FinCEN assessed a $110 million penalty against BTC-e for willfully violating U.S. anti-money laundering laws. Russian national Alexander Vinnik, one of the operators of BTC-e, was arrested in Greece this week, and FinCEN assessed a $12 million penalty against him for his role in the violations.

A Beijing man’s donation of an $18 billion stake in a secretive Chinese conglomerate to a private anti-poverty foundation in New York is raising questions about the generous gift.

Media reports prompt accusations that California Congressman Dana Rohrabacher violated Magnitsky sanctions.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker wants a radical new rulebook to strengthen the EU’s hand against Chinese takeovers of its most strategic companies.

A suspended UN diplomat has testified in a U.S. court that a Chinese billionaire paid him up to $50,000 monthly in return for help securing a contract to build a UN conference center.

Features

More than $750 million in mining revenues disappeared from the coffers of the Democratic Republic of the Congo over a three-year period, according to a reportfrom Global Witness.

NYT op-ed: To punish Putin, economic sanctions are unlikely to do the trick.

There has been a relative paucity of foreign-bribery cases by the U.S. government since Trump took office, but the DoJ and defense attorneys don’t believe there is any letup in enforcement efforts.