Countering Russian Kleptocracy

By Ben Judah and Nate Sibley.

Kleptocratic regimes use corruption and as a means of control at home and a weapon of influence abroad. Russian oligarchs and other Kremlin agents have become adept at exploiting the global financial system to launder illicit funds and convert them into new forms of power projection, including attacks on Western democratic institutions.

The Kremlin’s attempts to influence elections have exposed a series of systemic vulnerabilities in the United States, whose national security now requires a sustained response. Hudson Institute’s new report, Countering Russian Kleptocracy, outlines policy that, if implemented, would provide a comprehensive and effective strategy to counter Moscow’s aims.

On April 17, the Kleptocracy Initiative launched Countering Russian Kleptocracy at a Hudson Institute event with Charles Davidson, report authors Ben Judah and Nate Sibley, AEI’s Clay Fuller, and Jeff Gedmin.

Ben Judah and Nate Sibley also took to CNN’s Situation Room to discuss Putin’s illicit financial networks and authoritarian influence in the West. Watch the report here.