Kleptocracy Daily: August 9, 2017

Wilson Center’s report focuses on the threats from money laundering and terrorist financing, distinguishing the two, and explains government efforts to counter illicit financing.

News

The leader of an Estonia-based Russian organized criminal group has been arrested in Mijas, Spain. Gulevich was allegedly in Spain to set up a local base of operations for the Kemerovskaya group and to launder illegally-obtained money.

South African President Jacob Zuma survived a parliamentary vote Tuesday that could have pushed him from office, hanging on to sufficient backing within his African National Congress party amid growing claims of corruption.

Features

A new research report by the International State Crime Initiative, based at Queen Mary University of London shows that the government of Uzbekistan acted as an organized crime network, with state agencies conducting racketeering activity that benefited political heiress Gulnara Karimova, the elder daughter of Islam Karimov, the leader of Uzbekistan.

For seven years, Gerhard Schröder was the leader of the most populous democracy in Western Europe. Schröder has spent much of the past decade working for the Russian energy industry. His astonishing career in the Russian energy industry reached new heights last week when the former chancellor was reportedly offered a position on the board of Rosneft, Russia’s largest oil company.