Kleptocracy Daily: September 7, 2017

A New York court charged a former Turkish economy minister with masterminding a sanctions-dodging money laundering scheme for Iran while in office. (SDNY)

Facebook found that a Russian operation spent $100,000 on advertisements promoting divisive messages during the U.S. presidential campaign. Russia has interfered in the internal affairs of at least 27 Western countries since 2004, according to the Alliance for Securing Democracy.

“Whenever anybody on the Russian side says adoption ban, that’s really code for the Magnitsky Act.” No prizes for guessing that lobbying efforts center on a Delaware-based shell company… (Reuters, USA Today, NPR)

The U.S. sanctioned three current and former officials in South Sudan’s government for destabilizing the country while enriching themselves from conflict. (Bloomberg)

A Chinese billionaire who has rattled Beijing by exposing high-level corruption has applied for asylum in the U.S. (NYT)

Trump should go to war with Venezuela’s coffers, not its military, writes Alvaro Vargas Llosa. (National Interest)

Banks de-risking because of stricter global money laundering rules is hurting legitimate business in emerging markets. (FT)

Glenn Simpson refused to name sources used for the infamous Trump dossier during interviews with Senate investigators. (FP)

Upcoming Events

Agent of Influence: Should Russia’s RT Register as a Foreign Agent?
Atlantic Council (Washington, DC)
September 8, 2017, 9:00 a.m.

Curbing Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing
Bipartisan Policy Center (Washington, DC)
September 12, 2017, 9:00 a.m.

The Globalization of Venality: Kleptocracy’s Corrosive Impact on Democracy
National Endowment for Democracy (Washington, DC)
September 18, 2017, 4:00 p.m.


Compiled by Nate Sibley.

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