Since the poison attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury in early March, the British government has been consumed by efforts to identify appropriate responses to the alleged Russian state-directed attack.
Twenty-three Russian embassy staff have been expelled from London and a broad coalition of international support has been created, resulting in a further 150 Russians being sent home from nearly 30 other states. Moscow has responded in kind.
What the British government has so far failed to do is to find the financial lever they, the parliamentary opposition in London and commentators, appear most keen to pull to target the finances of Russia’s oligarchs closely associated with the Kremlin.
The extent to which Russian money, linked to what the recent UK government National Security Capability Review terms ‘corrupt elites’, has flowed into Western financial markets and high-end assets, such as real