- Casey Michel spoke with Central European University’s Maciej Kisilowski on recent Polish illiberalism – and how the EU and the U.S. are reacting.
- 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.
- A new comprehensive bill tackling anonymous companies, also titled the Corporate Transparency Act (S.1717), has been introduced in the Senate by Senators Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) and Marco Rubio (R-Florida).
- Pence traveled to Baltic states to reassure allies and send a message to Russia.
- Senators introduced the Foreign Agent Lobbying Transparency Enforcement Act, which would give the DOJ the ability to impose civil fines on people who don’t comply with FARA.
- Why the U.S. keeps losing the fight against disinformation.
- President Trump signed the new sanctions bill, which adds new layers of sanctions on Russia, North Korea, and Iran. Despite doing so, Trump has criticized the bill, calling it ‘significantly flawed.’
- A Reuters investigation revealed 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.
- Coming clean: the great Russian dirty-money caper that wasn’t–one of UK police’s biggest money-laundering cases collapses.
- Cars, connections, and contracts in Putin’s Russia.
- Russian PM Medvedev sharply denounced the new sanctions bill, saying it ends hope for improving relations and ignites ‘an all-out trade war with Russia.’
- Abu Dhabi’s sovereign wealth fund gave 1MDB five days to make a $600 million payment, which the troubled Malaysian state fund failed to pay.
- PM Netanyahu is suspected of bribery, fraud and breach of trust in two cases, Israel Police confirmed when it requested a gag order on the ongoing talks to recruit a state witness.