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Making sense of Londongrad, with Paul Caruana-Galizia

In his recent Londongrad podcast series which investigated the influence of Russian oligarchs, Paul Caruana-Galizia uncovered the extent of Russian influence at the heart of UK government, business and the media. What does the story of the oligarchs say about Britain and its place in the world today? Has the country been betrayed by the very institutions that are supposed to protect it, and can the situation be fixed? As we build a clearer picture of the scale and complexity of Russian influence in the UK, what are the options for the future?  editor and invited experts Paul Caruana-GaliziaReporter Bill BrowderCEO and Co-Founder, Hermitage Capital Management


Welcome to Londongrad: why does London still attract so much dirty money?

This is a newsroom ThinkIn. In-person and digital-only tickets are available.Forget the fleshpots and tax havens — they may or may not get cleaned up by well-intentioned international initiatives. London on the other hand seems determined to go on sucking in ill-gotten gains from Kaliningrad to Guangzhou and most places in between. Why? Was being a tax haven, laundromat and magnet for Russian oligarchs part and parcel of being a global financial capital? Was it really such a bad thing if the world’s billionaires want to bring their money into the city? Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has led to the introduction of some financial sanctions, and the impact of these remains to be seen, but has the damage already been done to London’s reputation?  editor and invited experts Giles WhittellSensemaker Editor Bill BrowderCEO Hermitage Capital; Head of Global Magnitsky Justice campaign; Author, ‘Red Notice and Freezing Order’ (June 2022) Dame Margaret Hodge MPMP for Barking; Co-chair, APPG on Anti-Corruption & Responsible Tax Michael O’KaneHead of Business Crime, Peters & Peters