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Entries in State Department (18)


Navalny arrested for leading anti-graft protests across Russia

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was arrested Sunday during a huge demonstration in Moscow against government corruption.

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Corrupt officials are like muggers. They look for weak victims

In two prior posts (here and here), I’ve talked about how American companies can do FCPA-compliant business in Kazakhstan and other emerging markets. In this post, I’d like to provide a few more practical tips.

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U.S. State Department: Kazakhstan's investment environment is subpar

In the prior post I looked at the significant progress Kazakhstan has made in improving its economic attractiveness and the recognition that it received from the U.S. government for its reform. But I also noted its low rank of 126 on Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index.

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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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Kerry to Bulgaria: Fight graft to be a strong, sovereign nation

Secretary of State John Kerry (Image courtesy of the U.S. State Department)Secretary of State John Kerry was in Sofia Thursday, where he told Bulgaria's leaders they need to step up the fight against corruption because it has allowed Russia to exert too much influence.

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Iran talks: Due for another extension?

U..S. Secretary of State John Kerry (Image courtesy of the U,S. State Department)The deadline for a nuclear deal and the expiration of temporary sanctions relief is fast approaching -- November 24 -- extended from the original July 20, 2014 deadline. It shouldn’t come as too much a surprise, however, that officials from different countries involved in the negotiations suggested last week that a deal by Monday is unlikely and that a second extension is under consideration.

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Hungary demands evidence following U.S. ban on officials and businessmen

Chargé d'Affaires M. André Goodfriend (Embassy photo by Attila Németh)The United States imposed a travel ban on ten Hungarian officials and businessmen, the Hungarian media reported Friday morning. By early afternoon chargé d'affaires of the U.S. embassy in Budapest, M. André Goodfriend, called a press conference and confirmed that the United States revoked the visas of "less then ten” persons.

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State Department event focuses on corruption and human rights

Shruti Shah, a contributing editor of the FCPA Blog and the senior policy director for Transparency International - USA, talked about corruption and human rights during a September 3 event sponsored by the U.S. State Department.

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#BringBackOurGirls can't overcome Nigeria graft

A U.S. State Department official said corruption is hurting Nigeria's efforts to end the insurgency in the north east that's now destabilizing the entire country.

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Liberia whistleblowers in U.S. deny $1 million theft

Two Liberian-Americans accused of “economic sabotage” by the African country have denied the charges and claim they have proof of large-scale graft by top officials there.

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Foreign Service Officer took $3 million in visa fraud

A U.S. Foreign Service Officer who was posted in Vietnam admitted accepting more than $3 million in bribes to process visas for entry into the United States, the DOJ said.

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From bad to worse? Look out for Afghanistan 2.0

U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jeromy K. CrossDear FCPA Blog,
I read your blog article U.S. State Department gets an ‘F’ for Afghan compliance which hits very close to home for me as my company supplies government contractors funded by U.S. programs.

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