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Debra LaPrevotte, Former Senior FBI Official | Russian Invasion of Ukraine | U.S. Sanctions on Russia's Economy | Countering Kleptocracy

March 15th, 2022

Join America's Roundtable co-hosts Natasha Srdoc and Joel Anand Samy for a conversation with Debra LaPrevotte, Former Senior FBI Official, who was responsible for launching the FBI's Kleptocracy Program, on the recent U.S. sanctions on Russia, Vladimir Putin's inner circle of Russian oligarchs, and the country's financial institutions. The conversation will also highlight the urgency to impose the more crippling secondary sanctions advocated by US Senators James Risch and Pat Toomey, joined by 37 Senators including Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith.

In 2014, on behalf of the FBI, Debra LaPrevotte landed in Kyiv, Ukraine, to begin a high-level investigation focusing on the pro-Putin regime's elite including the ousted Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych who had just fled to Moscow. The pro-Russian regime's elite robbed the Ukrainian treasury of $40 billion according to expert estimates, thus weakening the sovereign state of Ukraine making it an easy target for Putin's Russia to annex the Crimean peninsula and arming separatists in the Donbas region leading to deaths of 14,000 Ukrainians during the period of April 2014 - May 2021.

Debra retired after 20 years with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). She served as a Supervisory Special Agent on the International Corruption Unit at FBI Headquarters in Washington D.C. Debra was instrumental in initiating the FBI’s Kleptocracy program and seized more than $1 billion dollars from foreign corrupt officials.

Debra has spent the past 14 years working international corruption investigations. She is also a Forensic Scientist and spent several years on the FBI’s Evidence Response Team Unit at the FBI Lab. Prior to her FBI career, Debra worked for the Department of Defense for five years. Debra has an undergraduate degree from George Mason University and a masters degree in Forensic Science from George Washington University. |

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