Episode 36: Democracy and the Corrosive Impact of Illicit Finance

Russia’s war in Ukraine illustrates the dangers that unchecked kleptocracy poses to democracy. Kleptocrats and corrupt actors strategically use their vast resources to advance their interests both at home and abroad.

CFCS’s Isabella Chase, Adam Smith of Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher LLP, and journalist Oliver Bullough discuss this growing transnational threat, its severe repercussions for international security and human rights, and what democratic alliances can do to stop it. This discussion was held in partnership with the National Endowment for Democracy.

Financial Crime Insights Podcast Series

Financial Crime Insights is a collection of discussions from past CFCS webinars and events with top financial crime thinkers, as well as behind-the-scenes research interviews with the CFCS team. The topics they discuss remain timely and our aim is to bring these insights from the computer screen to our listeners who are on the go.


Isabella Chase

Associate Fellow; Former CFCS Senior Research Fellow, RUSI

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Oliver Bullough

Author and journalist

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