The UK’s financial and professional services have long provided a comfortable home to dirty money. The rapid deregulation and growth of London as a centre for these services from the 1980s coincided with the end of the USSR and the rise of the post-Soviet kleptocracies which today are major sources of customers for British banks, law firms and related sectors.
The full gamut of risks arising from the servicing of these kleptocrats for the UK’s rule of law are only just beginning to be understood. This event and associated paper addresses regulatory and enforcement failures, and how the UK can tackle the problem more effectively through a new UK anti-kleptocracy strategy.
Alexander Cooley, Claire Tow Professor of Political Science, Barnard College; Director, Columbia University’s Harriman Institute
John Heathershaw, Professor of International Relations, University of Exeter; Convenor, Exeter Central Asian Studies; Principal Investigator, Anti-Corruption Evidence project, 2019-2021
Edward Lucas, Non-resident Senior Fellow at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA); columnist, The Times
Thomas Mayne, Visiting Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House; Research Fellow, University of Exeter
James Nixey, Director, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House
Tena Prelec, Research Fellow, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford
Jason Sharman, Sir Patrick Sheehy Professor of International Relations, Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge
Catherine West, Labour MP for Hornsey and Wood Green; Shadow Minister for Europe and the Americas