Kleptocracy Daily: October 2, 2017

This week: Charles Davidson, KI’s executive director, will testify to the Helsinki Commission about how anonymous companies fuel global corruption and threaten democracy.

China: Corruption is the life and soul of command economies like China’s, writes Jake Van Der Kamp. (SCMP)

Australia and New Zealand have felt the brunt of Beijing’s foreign influence campaign – but they’re not the only ones, writes Anne-Marie Brady. (War on the Rocks)

The city of Chongqing is gearing up for a purge after its former Party boss was expelled for graft. (Reuters)

Facebook took down a page associated with billionaire corruption whistleblower Guo Wengui, stating that it violated community standards. (Reuters)

North Korea: By exercising financial leverage, could the U.S. ultimately effect regime change? (Weekly Standard)

After a tip-off from Washington, DC, the Egyptian government seized a ship laden with North Korean weapons. But they were headed for a surprising buyer. (WaPo)

Russia: The West must defend its values against Putin’s regime, writes Vygaudas Ušackas, outgoing EU ambassador to Russia. (Guardian)

Russian money is flowing into Germany despite sanctions. (DW)

Hewlett Packard Enterprises allowed Russian security services to review the inner workings of a cyberdefense system used by the Pentagon. (Reuters)

Greece is considering extradition requests for a Russian alleged by the U.S. to have masterminded cryptocurrency frauds worth $4 billion. (Reuters)

Alexei Navalny has vowed to keep holding rallies, despite being detained by authorities. (RFE/RL)

Russia probe: Robert Mueller subpoenaed an associate of Mike Flynn’s Turkish lobbying client. (ProPublica)

 

Compiled by Nate Sibley.

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