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Boris Johnson’s call for new homes in London to be sold first to Londoners, “not to oligarchs”, made headlines this week. But what he must consider is the ease with which an overseas buyer can invest in a London property using stolen assets – the proceeds of corruption.

Since the situation in Ukraine turned from protests, to revolution, to diplomatic crisis, we’ve been bombarded with analysis in the media and responses from an array of world leaders – and rightly so. The events have exposed both the endemic corruption and disregard for human rights of the Yanukovych regime, and the Ukrainian people’s stance against this injustice has left hundreds dead and seriously injured. 

As the UK Government meets with international partners today to discuss asset freezes and travel bans in relation to Russian’s involvement in the Ukraine crisis, we’re waiting in anticipation for information on what action they decide to take.

TI-UK recently published an Anti-Corruption Scorecard, in which we rated the government as ‘red’ for asset recovery. It is hard to think of any government in the world that would not be rated red for this. But why should governments be trying to recover assets?  

The recent leaks of information about who actually owns the companies registered in the British Virgin Islands offer a first glimpse for many people into this very murky world.

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