Kleptocracy Daily: October 11, 2017

KI hosted Ilya Zaslavskiy and a host of distinguished experts at Hudson Institute this morning for the launch of How Non-State Actors Export Kleptocratic Norms to the West. Read the report and watch the event.

Enablers: “The King of Ghana gave me £350,000 and I took it to the bank in a taxi,” said a banking executive who was subsequently fired for money laundering. (Telegraph)

Illicit trade is a crime – time for the U.S. to start treating it like one, argues Clay Fuller. (AEI)

Ukraine: NABU anti-corruption investigators detained a deputy defence minister and the defence ministry’s head of procurement for alleged embezzlement of $5.7 million. (Reuters)

The only thing Catalonia and Crimea have in common is the letter C, writes Diane Francis. (Atlantic Council)

Russia: The prosecution of former Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev for allegedly bribing Igor Sechin is exposing rifts in Putin’s power structure. (Bloomberg)

The Kremlin’s U.S. election interference campaign required a willing American audience, writes Michael Weiss. (CNN)

Czech Republic: Is the country falling under Putin’s shadow, asks Adam Ereli. (Foreign Policy)

China: A new study uncovers China’s secret foreign aid empire – and how it enables some countries to dodge democratic reforms demanded by Western donors. (BBC)

The CCP is making final preparations for its five-year Congress. Xi’s anti-corruption campaign has reportedly targeted 280 officials at or above the vice-minister level. (Reuters, Nikei Asian Review)

 

Compiled by Nate Sibley.

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