Kleptocracy Daily: August 16, 2017

News

Paul Manafort partnered on an $850 million New York real-estate deal with an ally of Vladimir Putin and a Ukrainian moneyman whom the Justice Department recently described as an “organized-crime member.”

Russia says it’s against further tightening sanctions on North Korea, warning that economic pressure on Pyongyang has reached its limit.

The first living witness from the arid mass of technical detail that has so far shaped the investigation into the DNC hack has emerged and is working with the FBI.

Alexei Ulyukayev, the first serving Russian minister to be arrested since the fall of the Soviet Union, appeared in a Moscow court in what was the first hearing into accusations he solicited a bribe from the country’s largest oil company.

A major corruption scheme in Ukraine’s agricultural sector has been exposed.

Features

Vladimir Milov in The American Interest, on why sanctions do matter, and how they hurt the Kremlin more than Western analysts appreciate.

China’s brief ban on social media posts mentioning Putin sheds light not only on Chinese Internet regulation but also on broader elements of Xi Jinping’s political system.