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Harry Cassin
Publisher and Editor

Andy Spalding
Senior Editor

Jessica Tillipman
Senior Editor

Richard L. Cassin
Editor at Large

Elizabeth K. Spahn
Editor Emeritus

Cody Worthington
Contributing Editor

Julie DiMauro
Contributing Editor

Thomas Fox
Contributing Editor

Marc Alain Bohn
Contributing Editor

Bill Waite
Contributing Editor

Shruti J. Shah
Contributing Editor

Russell A. Stamets
Contributing Editor

Richard Bistrong
Contributing Editor

Eric Carlson
Contributing Editor

Bill Steinman
Contributing Editor

DOJ returns loot stolen by Kyrgyzstan ex-president

The DOJ said Tuesday it has repatriated $4.5 million in corrupt proceeds by the former Kyrgyz Republic president Kurmanbek Bakiyev, pictured left, and his son Maxim Bakiyev.

The stolen money was discovered during banker Eugene Gourevitch’s prosecution in New York for insider trading and the court entered a $6 million forfeiture order.… Continue Reading

Russia demands Transparency International register as a ‘foreign agent’

Prosecutors in Moscow warned the Russian branch of Transparency International to register as a foreign agent, TI-Russia said in a statement posted on its website Friday.

Prosecutors told the anti-corruption NGO that its “actual activity includes interfering with the government’s policy in the fight against corruption by lobbying its own proposals to change it,” TI’s statement said.… Continue Reading

Tobacco Exec Escapes Jail Term

Bobby Jay Elkin Jr., a former country manager in Kyrgyzstan for tobacco company Dimon Inc, now called Alliance One International, was sentenced yesterday to just three years probation and a $5,000 fine.… Continue Reading

Two Tobacco Firms Settle FCPA Charges

In an unusual tandem settlement, two unrelated U.S. tobacco companies and their foreign subsidiaries today resolved civil and criminal FCPA charges with the SEC and DOJ.

In the criminal cases, two foreign subsidiaries of North Carolina-based Alliance One International Inc.… Continue Reading

Tobacco Exec Pleads Guilty

Bobby Jay Elkin Jr., a former executive from tobacco company Dimon Inc, now called Alliance One International, pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in Virginia to a one-count criminal information charging him with conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. … Continue Reading

Manhandled Abroad

The SEC said today that it brought a civil enforcement action against four former employees of Dimon, Inc., now Alliance One International, Inc. It charged them with violating the anti-bribery provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and aiding and abetting violations.… Continue Reading

Leading Backwards

There’s no way to measure how much corruption the U.S exports to other countries. But sometimes events reveal what may be happening. The latest case is Kyrgyzstan and a revolution triggered largely by public disgust with so much sleaze.… Continue Reading