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New Directions in Anti-Kleptocracy: Challenges of Investigating and Researching Oligarchs

The term “oligarch” is increasingly used to refer to wealthy individuals connected to state power either through their own businesses or through influence on top-level government officials. At the same time, we have seen that many oligarchs from regions like the former Soviet Union “globalize” their lives, collecting multiple citizenships and residencies, employing international PR agents, advisors and lawyers, and engaging in transnational philanthropic activities designed to soften their images. On this panel, we bring together three leading professionals from the areas of law enforcement, journalism and civil society, each experienced in investigating the activities of oligarchs who have been implicated in grand corruption networks. The panelists will discuss some of the breakthroughs and innovative techniques that they have developed in their anti-corruption work over the last decade.