Kleptocracy Daily: October 6, 2017


The Russia collusion you should care about: Corrupt Russian money “is poison in Western economies’ veins,” writes Leonid Bershidsky. “While it’s allowed to flow without major obstacles … the Kremlin system can function more or less as before, buying influence and expanding its economic reach. The West should be more interested in Russia’s “deoffshorization” than Putin is.” (Bloomberg)

Global Magnitsky Act: The White House may be warming up to using the landmark legislation against corrupt officials and human right abusers, writes Casey Michel. (ThinkProgress)

China: A suspected cyberattack on Hudson Institute’s website reportedly prompted a complaint by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to visiting Chinese security officials. (WSJ)

One of Australia’s biggest political donors has been accused in court documents of maintaining secret ties to Beijing. (Sydney Morning Herald)

Regarding foreign influence operations, “it is not demonising China to report what the Chinese government says about itself,” writes John FitzGerald. (Interpreter)

KleptoTours: The most recent London tour focused on shady Nigerian cash. (Daily Mail)

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Compiled by Nate Sibley.

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