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The “From Russia with Cash” landmark documentary by Channel 4 and Amos Productions highlights the need to prevent money laundering through the UK property market.

If you walk down a residential street in central London, the chances are that some, perhaps the majority, of property is owned by overseas buyers.

Last week, the government co-hosted with the US government a conference on Ukraine, in London’s Lancaster House. The focus was on how to get back the money stolen by corrupt officials in the former regime – and their cronies among the oligarchs.

Does crime pay? A new UK National Audit Office report suggests it does…

When corrupt individuals steal public funds, they prefer to keep those funds in safe havens like the UK. These funds laundered in and through the UK represent misery for millions of people around the world. But what should the UK be doing to return these stolen assets to their rightful owners?

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?  

Every year billions of pounds are funneled through UK banks, helping to conceal corrupt ventures abroad. The people who drive the theft, movement, and concealment of corrupted funds cannot do so without the willingness of financial institutions to take the money, and the inadequate company regulations which enable their identities to remain hidden. 

Reports have emerged alleging that the British Government has failed to freeze the UK-based assets of corrupt members of Egypt’s toppled regime.

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