Kleptocratic Adaptation: Scaling the Democratic Response

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Join RUSI’s Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies and the International Forum for Democratic Studies for 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 

How to attend

This is a hybrid event, taking place at One Birdcage Walk, London, SW1H 9JJ and online. Please note that we have now reached capacity for in-person attendance.

To take part, you must pre-register no later than 6 March using the ‘Register Now’ buttons to either attend in-person or online. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining.

If you have any questions, please email Danielle Prieto at daniellep@rusi.org

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  • National Endowment for Democracy

    The International Forum for Democratic Studies is an initiative of the National Endowment for Democracy

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