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Kleptocracy Weekly – July 8, 2016

  Ukraine fights a continuing war on two fronts, facing both corruption and Eastern separatism as threats to its internal stability. Corruption remains rife in extractive industries like amber mining. Is Poroshenko cultivating a “crony democracy?” John Kerry has prioritized reducing corruption and the influence of oligarchs in discussions with Ukranian political leaders. Carter Page, a key Trump foreign policy advisor and Gazprom investor,…

Kleptocracy Daily – July 6, 2016

Following recent tensions with the Kremlin and FSB raids, Mikhail Prokohorov is selling all his Russian assets. Yevgeny Prigozhin is suing Russian search engine Yandex over its refusal to remove unsubstantiated information, and has also filed lawsuits against Google and Mail.ru. Post-Brexit, the Kremlin may find it easier to persuade the EU to lift sanctions. Is Petro Poroshenko cultivating a…

Kleptocracy Weekly – June 24, 2016

As the UK votes to leave the EU, the Kremlin looks to exploit a weakened Europe – especially over sanctions. ICYMI: Ben Judah on why Putin’s kleptocrats will be celebrating Brexit today. The vote may allow a flood of criminal money into London. Donald Trump’s longstanding business ties to Putin’s kleptocracy continue to raise questions about his proposed foreign policy. EU envoys extended Russia sanctions…

Kleptocracy Daily – June 24, 2016

As the UK votes to leave the EU, the Kremlin looks to exploit a weakened Europe – especially over sanctions. ICYMI: Ben Judah on why Putin’s kleptocrats will be celebrating Brexit today. A veteran Hong Kong democracy campaigner has been arrested on corruption charges. A British businessman is suing the youngest son of Kyrgyzstan’s former president, claiming he was shot because of connections…

Kleptocracy Daily – June 21, 2016

China launched fewer cyber-attacks on the U.S. last year. Better information gathering is needed to prevent corrupt Chinese officials fleeing overseas. The leader of a rebellious anti-corruption village has apparently confessed to taking bribes on Chinese state television. EU envoys extended Russia sanctions for six months, according to sources. The ex-wife of Vladimir Potanin, Russia’s fourth richest man, may pursue her $7 billion divorce battle in UK courts. Bill…

Kleptocracy Weekly – June 13-17, 2016

How can the West help ordinary Russians realize that, while their pensions go unpaid, the Kremlin still finds money for Putin’s cronies? The takeover of TNK-BP by Rosneft showed how the Russian elite exploits major deals with overvaluation and offshore dealings. The EU has extended Crimea-related sanctions against Russia. Ukraine’s reform agenda is hamstrung by the power of the oligarchs. Eastern Ukraine is at…