Kleptocracy Daily: July 28, 2017

Ben Judah speaks on CNN on the nature of Putin’s cronyism and kleptocracy following Bill Browder’s testimony at the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday.

News

The House of Representatives passed the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (H.R. 3364). The bipartisan bill sanctions Iran, Russia, and North Korea for their dangerous and belligerent actions that undermine the U.S. and our allies.

A federal jury in Manhattan found a Macau billionaire guilty of bribing Caribbean diplomats to the UN, capping a sprawling case that highlighted Chinese business ambitions at the international body and alleged corruption among representativesat the international tribunal.

Russia demands U.S. reduce diplomatic staff in new round of conflict over election hacking.

Halliburton has agreed to pay more than $29.2 million to settle federal charges that it made illegal payments to an Angolan company as it worked to secure oil-field services contracts

A unit of the Singaporean technology company CSE Global agreed to pay $12 million to settle allegations it violated U.S. sanctions on Iran.

Gulnara Karimova, the once-powerful daughter of late Uzbek ex-President Islam Karimov, has been in detention since a corruption conviction in 2015, officials have confirmed.

Pakistan’s Supreme Court removed PM Sharif from office following an investigation into allegations of corruption stemming from the Panama Papers, plunging Pakistan into a new phase of political turmoil.

Features

The Council on Foreign Relations on Brazil’s corruption fallout.