8th October 2020
Kazakh opposition leader Mukhtar Ablyazov has been charged in Paris with embezzling $7.5 billion in a case brought by Kazakhstan, according to one of his lawyers. Gerard Cholakian said Ablyazov, who was recently granted political asylum in France, was charged with “aggravated abuse of trust” and “money laundering” before he… Read More
7th October 2020
Britain will not be deterred from using anti-graft powers to target foreign oligarchs’ suspected dirty money despite the large cost risk and a recent court setback, a senior police officer has said. Unexplained Wealth Orders (UWOs) were introduced in 2018 to help the authorities target the illicit wealth of foreign… Read More
6th October 2020
Sir Malcolm Rifkind had been more used to summoning ambassadors than visiting them. His spell as Foreign Secretary had been cut short, however, by a Conservative electoral collapse. Having lost his Commons seat too, in the first summer of the new millennium Rifkind approached the Czech embassy, a prize-winning concrete… Read More
5th October 2020
Germany expects the European Union to impose new sanctions against Russia over the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny with an internationally banned nerve agent, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Saturday. Navalny emerged from a coma in early September after suddenly falling ill during a flight in Siberia on… Read More
5th October 2020
The shadow chancellor, Anneliese Dodds, is calling for the government to introduce a long-promised register of foreign owners of UK properties, to prevent criminals using homes as “dodgy bank accounts”. Reports of suspected money laundering have more than doubled since David Cameron used a speech in Singapore in 2015… Read More
5th October 2020
For years, the deputy head of Kyrgyzstan’s customs service enabled customs fraud from the shadows. In 2017, he was unceremoniously fired. But Raimbek Matraimov appears to have found a way to stay in the customs game with the help of some old friends, a family of Uighur smugglers… Read More
2nd October 2020
A U.S. visa program that provides residency to wealthy investors from abroad “faces serious corruption and money laundering risks,” according to a recent report published by Transparency International Russia. Throughout the span of several years, investigators from the civil society organization posed as wealthy Russian investors applying for an… Read More
30th September 2020
The U.K. and Canada imposed sanctions on Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko and senior figures in his government, a sign of widening discontent in the West over ongoing repression of peaceful protests against his purported victory in a disputed election. British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab accused Mr. Lukashenko and his… Read More
30th September 2020
Britain’s Foreign Minister Dominic Raab has confirmed that his government is open to the possibility of imposing sanctions against officials involved in Hong Kong’s affairs under its Global Human Rights (GHR) regime. In a letter to an MP this month, Raab condemned the disqualification of 12 pro-democracy hopefuls from standing… Read More
30th September 2020
Russian markets are once again being plagued by multiple sanctions threats that could materialize before the end of the year. The prospect of new Western sanctions has helped drive the ruble back toward a four-year low reached during the oil price crash in March. Only Turkish government bonds have performed… Read More