Kleptocracy Daily: September 28, 2017

Helsinki Commission: Charles Davidson, Executive Director of the Kleptocracy Initiative, will testify on October 3rd about the role of anonymous companies in fueling globalized corruption.

Russia probe: KI Advisory Council members Ilya Zaslavskiy and Louise Shelley are quoted in this look at how Robert Mueller is following the money from Russia to U.S. political funds. (ABC)

Private intelligence: Tom Burgis profiles an overlooked class of “enablers” in his year-long investigation into the battle over billionaire Mukhtar Ablyazov: “Many firms have amassed expertise and tradecraft once monopolised by state agencies and put it at the service of tyrants, oligarchs and anyone else willing to pay.” (FT)

China: “China’s attempts to acquire political influence abroad are widespread and pervasive. They are part of a global strategy,” writes Anne-Marie Brady, author of anew report on the topic. (Interpreter)

Peter Guy explains in detail how exorbitant sums are moved offshore: “When confronted with the river of capital from a growing China, fund managers have to lose their innocence and accept that they are being used as a money laundering platform.” (SCMP)

China’s MBA courses, “dismissed as networking clubs offering little in the way of education,” are being targeted under the anti-graft campaign. (FT)

Russia: The corruption trial of a former oil boss is exposing power struggles within the Kremlin, writes James Marson. (WSJ)

Spanish Police arrested 11 Russians – including the owner of Marbella football club – in connection with a $35 million money laundering scheme. (The Local Spain)

Finally… Russian officials claimed in court that the U.S. is trying to interfere in their elections – with giant rubber ducks. (Yahoo)


Compiled by Nate Sibley.

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