Repatriation or Repay the Patron?
Here are photos from the Helsinki Commission: https://osf.box.com/s/vim5ytd6z04ztx5wdfsokt5jd51ns65p
Video of the event on February 12 can be seen (and downloaded) here: https://osf.box.com/s/7eac09ohae5vb7zly9lbaqviy3xcaqf9
Asset recovery—the process of repatriating funds previously stolen by corrupt officials—remains one of the most contentious points in the fight against transnational corruption. Though only a small percentage of stolen funds are ever recovered, major questions exist about the best ways to ensure that repatriated funds don’t simply reenter the same patronage cycle from which they came. Is it possible to ensure that recovered assets actually serve the people from whom they have been stolen?
This briefing explored approaches to repatriation in Armenia, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan. Panelists discussed best practices and challenges in asset recovery as well as appropriate policy responses, both by the state in question and the international community, and compared the respective approaches of the three countries.