Kleptocracy Daily: September 26, 2017

Russia probe: Those funding Trump’s legal team include “a billionaire investor, a property developer seeking U.S. government visas and a Ukrainian-born American who has made billions of dollars doing business with Russian oligarchs.” (WSJ)

Australia has begun returning allegedly stolen cash to China under a joint working group established by the countries to repatriate financial fugitives. (Reuters, The Australian)

Sino-Russian axis: Are Beijing and Moscow building a “Eurasian fortress,” asks Frederick Kuo. (Asia Times)

Ukraine: Embargoed military hardware is being “laundered” through an illicit network before being sold in Africa and the Middle East. (OCCRP)

CFIUS: A digital map producer is the latest firm to have Chinese investment blocked by the U.S. on national security grounds. (Reuters)

UK: Two former oil executives will be charged by the Serious Fraud Office over secret payments relating to $400 million of Nigeria business deals. (Reuters)

Victims: A new video campaign by Transparency International highlights who really loses out through globalized corruption.

Bernie: The Vermont senator and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate had the following to say in a recent foreign policy speech: “Inequality, corruption, oligarchy and authoritarianism are inseparable. They must be understood as part of the same system, and fought in the same way. Around the world we have witnessed the rise of demagogues who once in power use their positions to loot the state of its resources. These kleptocrats, like Putin in Russia, use divisiveness and abuse as a tool for enriching themselves and those loyal to them…” (Vox)

Compiled by Nate Sibley.

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