Kleptocracy Daily | October 24, 2017

A quick guide to money laundering: And why it lies at the heart of Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, by Miles Parks. (NPR)

Dirty business? Andrey Guryev Jr., Russia’s leading fertilizers magnate, is trying to expand into Europe by lobbying Brussels for stricter regulations that would exclude competitors, writes Giulia Paravicini. For background, here is Ed Cesar’s investigation of the murky circumstances around Guryev Sr.’s purchase of London’s second biggest home. (Politico, New Yorker)

Guo Wengui: Steve Wynn, a billionaire casino CEO with substantial Chinese holdings (and Republican National Committee finance chairman) reportedly hand-delivered a letter from Beijing to President Trump demanding the extradition of the fugitive whistleblower. (CNBC)

Guo is one of many Chinese entrepreneurs who were feted for driving economic growth in the last decade but are now being squeezed by Beijing, writes Sui-Lee Wee. (NYT)

CCP Congress: Wang Qishan has retired from the politburo. Under his leadership, the anti-graft campaign grew into “a crushing tide,” according to an official report. (SCMP, Reuters)

Russia sanctions: Having missed the October 1 deadline for implementation, there is still no sign of action from the White House, writes Andrew Desiderio. (Daily Beast)

The revocation of Bill Browder’s U.S. visa was an automatic response to a bogus Interpol alert by Russia, and has now been overridden and restored by way of rebuking the Kremlin. (NYT)

The Putin myth: “By building up Putin, the Americans he disdains have given the Russian leader exactly the fearsome geopolitical reputation he craves,” writes Susan Glasser. (Politico)

Odesa mayor’s home raided by NABU: Hennadiy Trukhanov is embroiled in an embezzlement scandal. (RFE/RL)

Nigeria: A court has frozen millions of suspicious bank accounts; any funds therein will be forfeited to the government in 14 days. (Reuters)

Compiled by Nate Sibley.

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