UK to expand Magnitsky Act to combat money laundering from Russia

Meeting broadcast was conducted on the website of the parliament.

Raab’s comment followed criticism from parliamentarians.

In particular, Labor MP Lisa Nandy said that “half of all money laundered from Russia” passes through the UK, and accused the government of inaction during the Russian buildup of military presence near the border with Ukraine and in the occupied Crimea.

Another Labor MP – ex-Labor Minister Chris Bryant – asked why it took “so many years” to find out that the Czech police were looking for Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, two Russian citizens whose passport details coincide with the names of Russian citizens suspected of poisoning of ex-Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

“What are we going to do to make sure that the killers on the payroll [президента РФ Владимира] Putin, do not go to all the capitals of Europe? “- asked Bryant.

Raab responded that the UK could use the Magnitsky Act “as a means to combat human rights abuses,” and that these sanctions could be “equally” applied to “dirty money.”

“I have already made it clear that we will soon expand the Magnitsky sanctions to cover this,” he added.

In addition, Raab said the UK Foreign Office has “significant concerns about the recent build-up of Russian military forces on the Ukrainian border” and that the UK is working with its allies “to de-escalate the situation.”


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