Counter-Kleptocracy Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Tom Malinowski and Rep. John Curtis Kick Off Counter-Kleptocracy Month with Reintroduction of Bill Calling Out Corrupt Foreign Officials

June 9, 2021
Press Release

(Washington, DC) This week, Representatives Tom Malinowski (D-NJ) and John Curtis (R-UT) introduced the Justice for Victims of Kleptocracy Act of 2021. The legislation directs the Department of Justice to clearly list on a website the amount of money that has been stolen from the citizens of kleptocratic regimes and recovered by US law enforcement. This straightforward, low-cost measure will demonstrate America’s clear commitment to rule of law around the world and send a powerful message to the citizens suffering under kleptocracies that America stands on their side. The Senate companion to this bill was introduced today by Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Marco Rubio (R-FL).

The bill is also the first in a series of provisions being introduced as part of Counter-Kleptocracy Month, an initiative of the new Caucus against Foreign Corruption and Kleptocracy. This introduction follows a memorandum by the Biden administration declaring corruption a core national security interest. The launch of the Counter-Kleptocracy Caucus will take place on June 10 at 4PM.

To read a copy of the legislation, click here.

“We must remember that the number one victims of the Putin regime are the Russian people. Corrupt officials raid pension funds and state coffers and then live the high-life on their tax dollars. We see this pattern in every dictatorship,” said Representative Malinowski. “In support of President Biden’s new anti-corruption plan, this bill will hold corrupt leaders like Putin accountable by making public exactly how much of their stolen money has been recovered by the United States and from whom it was stolen.”

“The illegitimate ruler Nicholas Maduro violates the human rights and dignity of Venezuela’s citizens while enriching himself at the expense of his people, all while driving his nation into economic ruin with his disastrous policies. Similarly, Vladimir Putin suppresses those fighting for democracy while those in his inner circle are financially prospering by stealing from the Russian people,” said Representative Curtis. “The Justice for Victims of Kleptocracy Act would shine a light on the extent of corruption against the people of Venezuela, Russia, and all those oppressed by corrupt authoritarians.”

Original cosponsors include Representatives John Curtis (R-UT), Dean Phillips (D-MN), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Steve Cohen (D-TN), Maria Salazar (R-FL),  Katie Porter (D-CA), Peter Meijer (R-MI), Abigail Spanberger (D-VA), Dan Crenshaw (R-TX), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), and Marcy Kaptur (D-OH).