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Entries in Vladimir Putin (26)

Thursday
Feb092017

Navalny convicted of embezzlement in retrial, faces ban from politics

Russia's leading anti-corruption activist and a candidate in next year's presidential election was found guilty of embezzlement Wednesday and will likely be blocked from continuing his political campaign.

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Wednesday
Dec142016

Navalny announces run for Russia president in 2018

Russia's most important anti-corruption activist said he'll run for the country's presidency in 2018.

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Thursday
Nov172016

Survey: Compliance professionals grapple with Brexit, Trump, and a hazy horizon

Fears of an economic slowdown and the future of Europe are the main issues keeping global compliance professionals awake at night. Those are the findings of research that we conducted across the industry in late October. 

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Monday
Apr042016

2.6 terabyte leak: Panama Papers expose global abuse of anonymous shell companies 

Documents leaked Sunday from a Panama law firm showed alleged use of anonymous shell companies by world leaders, politicians and others to shield billions of dollars from public view.

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Wednesday
May272015

Putin signs law to ban ‘undesirable’ NGOs

Image courtesy of the KremlinPresident Vladimir Putin signed a law this month that allows prosecutors to declare foreign and international non-governmental organizations "undesirable" and arrest Russians cooperating with them.

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Tuesday
Apr282015

Threat to peace: Kleptocrats and diversionary wars

In her excellent book, Thieves of State, Sarah Chayes argues persuasively that foreign corruption is a threat to U.S. national security because it drives people to radical Islam. There is an additional aspect to this problem: corrupt regimes are a national security threat because they start wars in order to divert attention from their own corruption.  

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Monday
Mar162015

Russia reduces penalties for graft

Russia President Vladimir Putin at a Moscow news conference on December 14, 2014 (Image courtesy of the Kremlin)President Vladimir Putin (where is he?) signed changes to Russia's Criminal Code that reduce fines for those convicted of paying or taking bribes.

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Monday
Mar022015

In Moscow, a funeral for free speech

Mourners lay flowers where Boris Nemtsov was gunned down (Image courtesy of RT)What had been planned as a protest Sunday against President Vladimir Putin's government became instead a somber march in memory of an opposition leader who was shot and killed just steps from the Kremlin.

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Friday
Feb272015

Can Navalny still move Moscow?

Supporters in Moscow hold "Navalny" placards at Manezhnaya Square at an unsanctioned rally on December 30, 2014Russian opposition leader and anti-corruption blogger Alexei Navalny has called for mass protests in Moscow on March 1. Navalny himself won't be there. He's serving a 15-day prison sentence for handing out leaflets about the protests in Moscow's subway.

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Friday
Jan092015

Anti-graft journalists name Putin the 2014 Person of the Year

The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) has named Russia president Vladimir Putin the 2014 Person of the Year. The award is given annually to the person who does the most to enable and promote organized criminal activity, the OCCRP said.

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Friday
Dec192014

Soviet-era logic is emptying Russia's shelves

When I travel to Moscow I stay in the Arbat. It is quiet, clean and close to my office, so I mostly avoid the horrendous traffic.

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Thursday
Nov202014

Friends and Enemies: When anti-graft campaigns become political weapons

Civil asset recovery actions against kleptocrats stashing their loot in luxury real estate abroad has become a hot new topic in the global anti-corruption movements with the publication of Public Wrongs, Private Actions. This handy guide empowers developing nations with realistic tools to hunt down the stolen assets secreted abroad. Civil lawsuits, unlike criminal cases, do not normally require dual criminality and are therefore often the best and only possible remedy.

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