Kleptocracy Daily: October 17, 2017

China: The upcoming Party congress will focus on codifying Xi’s power grab, including his anti-graft drive. Corruption punishments have increased significantly ahead of the meeting. Guo Wengui’s revelations are casting a shade over proceedings,writes Lucy Hornby. (Reuters, FT)

Chinese private companies are an illusion, writes Fraser Howie. (Nikkei)

Russia: The Kremlin is using laundered fuel sales to secretly fund Taliban fighters against NATO troops. (Times)

The FBI uncovered evidence of “bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering” by Russian nuclear officials to grow their business in U.S. markets – right before the Obama administration approved a controversial deal giving the Kremlin control of large swathes of American uranium. (The Hill)

Congo: A bank linked to President Kabila is enabling Hezbollah funders to bust U.S. sanctions. (The Sentry)

North Korea: Hong Kong is the preferred spot for Kim Jong Un’s money launderers, writes Joshua Berlinger. (CNN)

Cambodia: Illegal sand exports are propping up Cambodia’s dictator, writes Clay Fuller: “like many authoritarians, he knows how to transform markets into tools of political survival.” (AEI)

Brazil: Michel Temer’s clinging to the presidency in the face of corruption allegations is “feeding support for an authoritarian solution to the crisis,” writes Dom Philips. (Guardian)

Malta: Daphne Caruana Galizia, a prominent anti-corruption blogger who exposed Malta’s role in facilitating global corruption, was assassinated in a car bomb near her home village. (BBC)

Events

The Implications of China’s Growing Involvement in Latin America
October 18th, 12:00 p.m.
Hudson Institute (Washington, DC)

Disrupting Illicit Financial Flows in Congo
October 19th, 9:00 a.m.
Atlantic Council (Washington, DC)

Lessons Learned From Recent Latin American Corruption Cases
October 20th, 12:15 p.m.
Reed Smith, LLP (Washington, DC)

 

Compiled by Nate Sibley.

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