Recording: Kleptocratic Adaptation: Scaling the Democratic Response

RUSI’s Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies and the International Forum for Democratic Studies host a discussion of a new report by authors Jodi Vittori and Matthew Page.

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Read the report: Kleptocratic Adaptation: Next Steps in the Battle Against Kleptocracy

In response to Western sanctions on oligarchs and the seizure of assets after Russia’s 2022 invasion of Ukraine, kleptocrats are adapting, increasingly turning to new jurisdictions to park their illicit wealth, working together across countries to evade sanctions, and targeting journalists and activists in new ways. As authoritarian actors adapt to the changing landscape, democracies must also adapt and treat the fight against kleptocracy as a pressing national security concern. 



  • Jodi Vittori, Professor of Practice and Co-chair of the Global Politics and Security Programme, Georgetown University Walsh School of Foreign Service; RUSI Associate Fellow
  • Matthew Page, Non-resident Scholar, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
  • Helena Wood, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies, RUSI

Moderator: Melissa Aten, Senior Programme Officer, National Endowment for Democracy

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  • National Endowment for Democracy

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Dr Jodi Vittori

Associate Fellow; Research and Policy Manager, Defence and Security Programme, Transparency International

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Helena Wood

Associate Fellow; Head of Public Policy at Cifas

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