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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

Bill Browder: ‘I do not feel safe’

The man behind the Magnitsky Act denounced the White House for considering swapping him in exchange for U.S. access to a dozen Russians indicted for hacking America’s 2016 presidential election.

Bill Browder called the idea “appalling and atrocious.”

Vladimir Putin proposed the exchange at Monday’s Helsinki summit.… Continue Reading

OFAC adds five to Magnitsky sanctions list

The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control added four Russians and a Chechen to its list of those sanctioned under the Magnitsky Act for alleged human rights abuses.

The most prominent name on Wednesday’s list was the head of the Russian republic of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov.… Continue Reading

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. 

Fifty-three percent of respondents to our Compliance Horizon survey cited the threat of a recession as the biggest risk facing their business in the year ahead.… Continue Reading

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.

The U.S.… Continue Reading

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.… Continue Reading

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.… Continue Reading