It should not have taken the attempted murder of Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury to have finally brought to the fore the need to scrutinise the nature of the Russian money that has poured into the UK over the past 20 years.
Since the attack in early March, in which Police Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey was also poisoned, allegedly using the nerve agent Novichok, the UK government has been searching for a suitable response to the alleged ‘warlike act’.
One response that has been championed by many is financial, targeting the assets of those associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin who have chosen to invest their money (often of questionable provenance and in plain sight) in the UK.
But how easy would it be to roll up this ‘red money carpet’? How easy is it to reverse the considerable flow of Russian money that has made its way
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