Kleptocracy Daily: August 3, 2017

A new U.S. website aims to track Russian ‘disinformation’ on twitter. The site, called Hamilton 68, is a project of the Alliance for Securing Democracy, housed at the German Marshall Fund. You can check out the site here.

News

President Trump signed the new sanctions bill yesterday, which adds new layers of sanctions on Russia, North Korea, and Iran. Despite doing so, Trump has criticized the bill, calling it ‘significantly flawed.’ Russian PM Medvedev sharply denounced the bill, saying it ends hope for improving relations and ignites ‘an all-out trade war with Russia.’

Australia’s financial-intelligence agency accused the nation’s biggest bank of failings it said may have opened the way for money laundering and financial crime.

Features

Cars, connections, and contracts in Putin’s Russia.

A Reuters investigation reveals that a gap in 2014 U.S. sanctions allows Western companies to help Russia develop some of its most technically challenging oil reserves, and risks undermining the broad aim of the measures.

Ignore, but sanction: the Trump administration’s strange Russia policy.

A firm linked to Putin’s friend smoothed the path for BP in Russia.