- 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.
- The latest on KI’s website: How Iran managed to buy a Manhattan skyscraper using anonymous companies based in the U.S. – and why there is nothing stopping it from doing so again.
- Jared Kushner secured a multimillion-dollar Manhattan real estate deal with a Soviet-born oligarch whose company was cited in a major New York money laundering case now being investigated by members of Congress.
- The FACT Coalition’s Gary Kalman write on encouraging signs for a possible U.S. legislative crackdown on anonymous companies.
- Text of Bill Browder’s soon-to-be testimony to the Senate Judiciary Hearing, along with contextual analysis by The Atlantic, can be found here.
- 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.
- 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.
- European Commission preparations to retaliate against proposed new U.S. sanctions on Russia that could affect European firms are likely to face resistance within a bloc divided on how to deal with Moscow.
- How the family of Vladimir Putin’s U.S.-sanctioned ally uses British companies to burnish its reputation.
- Russia demands U.S. reduce diplomatic staff in new round of conflict over election hacking.
- 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.
- 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 representatives at the international tribunal.