‘Kleptocracy Tour’ highlights UK’s role in global corruption


Originally published in The Irish Times.

e bus tour starts near Whitehall, across the river from the London Eye and around the corner from the Palace of Westminster, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey.

Our tour will ignore these sights, however, taking us instead to see some of the expensive London properties owned by dubious oligarchs and public officials from Russia, Ukraine and the Arab world.

This is the Kleptocracy Tour, organised by a group of anti-corruption activists, investigators and journalists in conjunction with the Henry Jackson Society, a right-wing think tank.

“Over the past decade-and-a-half, Putin has build a grotesque kleptocracy in which the government and business elites loot Russia without limit,” said Andrew Foxall, director of the Russia Studies Centre at the Henry Jackson Society.

“These elites like the system they have built so much that they don’t want to live in Russia, they don’t want their children to live in Russia and most importantly, they don’t want to keep their money in Russia.

“Instead, they would rather keep it in the West. In particular they would rather keep it in London.”


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