Kleptocracy Daily | November 29, 2017

Tomorrow: Senator Sheldon Whitehouse will speak at the launch of KI’s report on beneficial ownership, United States of Anonymity by Casey Michel. Read the report and join us at the Dirksen Senate Office Building from 9:30 a.m.

The Russian billionaire next door: Putin ally Oleg Deripaska used a Delaware shell company to purchase a mansion in DC’s most prestigious neighborhood. “Charles Davidson, executive director of the Kleptocracy Initiative at the Hudson Institute, said the mansion is a striking example of how the world’s uber-wealthy can quietly invest in high-end real estate, obscuring their identities through front companies.”

Chinese influence: “Beijing’s interference in Australian public life is occurring at unprecedented levels and represents an emerging, if not already widespread, form of political corruption,” writes Paul Maley. (Australian)

Lobbyists: Ukrainian gas giant Naftogaz has hired DC lobbying firm Yorktown Solutions to counter Gazprom lobbying efforts. (Forbes)

Cyprus: A senior prosecutor allegedly offered private advice to Russian officials in sensitive extradition cases. (Guardian)

FCPA: Chinese companies investing in Africa should be aware of the U.S. anti-graft law’s broad jurisdiction. (WSJ)

Sanctions: The U.S. tightened restrictions on certain short-term Russian corporate debt. (WSJ)

Russian uranium: The Clinton Foundation reportedly understated donations from APCO, which was lobbying for Rosatom, Russia’s state-owned nuclear company. (The Hill)

Friday: Join KI and an expert panel to discuss Ben Judah and Belinda Li’s report,Money Laundering for 21st Century Authoritarianism, at Hudson Institute from 10:30 a.m.

 

Compiled by Nate Sibley.

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