Kleptocracy Weekly: October 6, 2017

“Kleptocracy is the business model of 21st century authoritarianism.” Charles Davidson, KI’s Executive Director,testified before the Helsinki Commission in Congress this week on how anonymous companies threaten democracy and security.

Next week: Join KI and distinguished experts at Hudson Institute on October 11th for the launch of Ilya Zaslavskiy’s report, How Non-State Actors Export Kleptocratic Norms to the West.

Global Magnitsky Act: The White House may be warming up to using the landmark legislation, writes Casey Michel. (ThinkProgress)

Canada’s vote to adopt its own Global Magnitsky Act in the face of Russian threats shows that “the bear is not as unstoppable as many Americans like to believe,” writes Sean Keeley. (American Interest)

Russia: Corrupt Russian money “is poison in Western economies’ veins,” writes Leonid Bershidsky. (Bloomberg)

Russian investors are suing Fusion GPS for libel over the handling of the unverified Trump intelligence dossier. (Politico)

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

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)

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

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

Ukraine: Oligarchs are conducting PR operations in the U.S. – perhaps they should be prosecuted here too, writes Todd L. Wood. (Washington Times)

Latin America: The region is increasingly looking like Russia’s next successful “sphere of influence” operation. Washington must begin to “recognize the long-term strategic goal” behind Russian investment in Venezuela, writes Stephen Blank. (DW, Jamestown Foundation)

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)