14
December 2015
Past Event
Fighting Kleptocracy
Monday 11:45 - 1:30PM

Fighting Kleptocracy

Past Event
Hudson Institute, Washington, D.C. Headquarters
December 14, 2015
14
December 2015
Monday 11:45 - 1:30PM
Past Event

1015 15th Street, N.W., 6th Floor
Washington, DC 20005

Speakers:
Ben Judah

Former Research Fellow

Natalie Sedletska

Investigative Journalist and Host, <i>Schemes: Corruption in Detail</i>

Roman Borisovich

Supervisory Board Member, Anti-Corruption Foundation

Karen Dawisha

Professor and Director, Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies, Miami University and Advisory Council Member, Kleptocracy Initiative, Hudson Institute

A year ago, the term “kleptocracy” was relatively obscure and uncommon. Today it is a regular feature in daily press coverage, policy debate, and scholarly research.

Still missing, however, is a complete and honest conversation about the role of the West as an enabler of such grand corruption. Though we have begun to examine and quantify the systematic thievery of certain foreign leaders, we have so far sidestepped some of the hardest questions: How is it that a significant amount of the stolen money winds up in Western bank accounts? What does that money finance? Who else – besides the kleptocrats themselves – does it benefit? And how do the citizens of victimized countries now perceive the West as we simultaneously rail against and (some of us, at least) do profitable business with their victimizers?

For a closer, unflinching look at these crucial questions, Hudson Institute’s Kleptocracy Initiative was pleased to welcome the creators and cast of From Russia With Cash, a new British documentary showcasing the role of UK real estate agents in the purchase of London properties with corruptly obtained foreign funds. Our December 14 panel featured British author and journalist Ben Judah, Ukrainian investigative journalist Natalie Sedletska, and London-based anti-corruption activist Roman Borisovich. The event was moderated by Karen Dawisha, professor and director of Miami University’s Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies, and author of Putin’s Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia?

__On December 15, Hudson Institute will host the U.S. premiere of From Russia With Cash at the Newseum. Click here for more information on the film screening.__

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