Kleptocracy Daily: September 5, 2017

A major investigation has revealed how Azerbaijan’s corrupt elite laundered $2.9 billion through the UK to silence criticism and buy influence. The schemes involved a string of anonymously-owned shell companies, absent signatories, and sham addresses. Pressure is growing on the UK government to open an inquiry, and the case has refocused attention on “Caviar Diplomacy” at the Council of Europe. Luxury lifestyles are paid for by robbing the poorest Azeris, says Khadija Ismayilova. (OCCRP, Guardian)

Who is Len Blavatnik, the oligarch making some of the largest philanthropic donations ever seen in the UK? (Guardian)

Molly McKew on Russia’s “Gerasimov Doctrine”: “Its tactics begin to fail when light is thrown onto how they work and what they aim to achieve.” For more background, read Marius Laurinavicius’ KI report on Putin’s Hybrid Warfare. (Politico, Hudson Institute)