The United States has the chance to make greater use of a tool that has held foreign officials to account for flagrant corruption and human rights abuses. That tool is targeted sanctions, refined to squeeze culpable officials and minimize collateral damage to innocent people and businesses.
Vladimir Yakunin is voluntarily stepping down from his position as president of state-owned Russian Railways. Yakunin is a member of the Ozero Dacha Cooperative, a tight-knit group of Putin’s inner circle. With no heir apparent to Russian Railways, Yakunin’s departure may well be a signal of infighting within the Kremlin elite.
The Foreign Influence Update examines the connection between a U.S. lobbying firm and a Chinese defense company that was previously sanctioned in 2013.
Throughout the world, corruption undermines the rule of law, erodes confidence in democratic institutions, threatens representative government, and thereby poses a challenge to human rights and a threat to U.S. national security.
On April 29, 2015, Hudson Institute welcomed Congressman Jim McGovern and Bill Browder, author of Red Notice, to discuss the current impetus for passing the Global Magnitsky Act.