Kleptocracy Daily | October 26, 2017

Event: Maintaining Transatlantic Unity on Ukraine. Streaming live from Hudson Institute at 12 p.m. EST today and featuring KI Advisory Council member Hannah Thoburn.

Military technology: “Russia doesn’t only use spies to steal secrets. Sometimes those doing its dirty work are ordinary American businessmen,” writes Katie Zavadski. One company allegedly “received incoming international wire transfers from shell corporations that had no apparent connection to the microelectronics industry.” (BuzzFeed)

Nord Stream: German prosecutors are investigating possible bribery related to construction of the controversial pipeline. If true, “It’s just another example of how Putin’s Kremlin has weaponized corruption,” writes Brian Whitmore. (OCCRP, RFE/RL)

Russia probes: Chuck Grassley, Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, hasrequested information from FinCEN on 40 individuals as part of his investigation into Russian interference. (BuzzFeed)

An FBI informant has been cleared to testify in Congress about the Russian nuclear industry’s attempts to win business under the Obama administration. (The Hill)

Guo Wengui: Jeff Sessions reportedly threatened to quit rather than deport the whistleblower, whose social media accounts are being suspended or restricted. (Washington Times, Free Beacon)

Anonymous companies: Trump’s longtime business lawyer reportedly sold four luxurious New York properties to mystery all-cash buyers. (Miami Herald)

Cyprus: British ministers are considering action against the notorious money laundering hub after it assisted Russian authorities with a tax investigation against Bill Browder. (Times)

Malta: As MEPs prepare a fact-finding delegation to explore the island’s role as a money-laundering hub, a bank is accused of harassing the press to suppress graft accusations. (DW, Politico)

Pakistan: An arrest warrant was issued for former PM Nawaz Sharif after he failed to appear in court to face corruption charges. (NPR)

Nigeria: A fugitive playboy’s luxury yacht – which the U.S. Justice Department is trying to seize – has been spotted at a marina in Mexico. (NY Post)

South Africa: Anti-money laundering requirements have been dramatically improved to comply with international FATF standards. (Lexology)

FIFA: A Guatemalan judge became the first defendant to be sentenced in the U.S.’ global soccer corruption probe. (NYT)

Compiled by Nate Sibley.

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