Kleptocracy Daily: October 16, 2017

Africa: The Paris trial of Equatorial Guinea’s Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue is the first time that a kleptocrat has faced a jail sentence, writes Casey Michel. (American Interest)

An investigative report shows how the leaders of seven countries plunder their economies and store wealth in offshore jurisdictions. (ZAM)

A sports official accused of participating in “one of biggest corruption schemes ever in global sports” is comfortably defiant in Senegal, writes Tariq Panja. (NYT)

China: Xi’s anti-graft hunt is being used as a political weapon to consolidate power, writes Wesley Rahn. He will likely continue to use it as such until 2022, argues Katsuji Nakazawa. (DW, Nikkei)

China’s most-wanted corruption suspect has been jailed after a 13 year global manhunt. (SCMP)

Russia: The memo taken by Natalia Veselnitskaya to her June 2016 meeting with Donald Trump Jr. contained very little about adoptions, but a lot about Bill Browder and the Magnitsky Act. (FP)

Further revelations from Cyprus and the Cayman Islands reportedly bring the total known financial dealings between Paul Manafort and Oleg Deripaska to $60 million. (NBC)

Ukraine: A report by the U.S. Helsinki Commission targets Kyiv’s “internal enemy,” highlighting the importance of Ukrainian anti-corruption efforts for U.S. foreign policy.

NABU’s detention of senior defense procurement officials advances suspicions that officials are stealing from a nation at war. (Kyiv Post)

Gambling: A growing scandal in British Columbia’s casino industry exposes the central role of real estate professionals in Chinese money laundering. (Vancouver Sun)

Venezuela: The former attorney general accused President Maduro of accepting $35 millions in bribes from the Odebrecht scheme. (NYT)

1MDB: Thousands of people joined an anti-kleptocracy rally in Malaysia to demand the ouster of Prime Minister Najib Razak. (Reuters)

Compiled by Nate Sibley.

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