The City and Russia’s billions

London is more interested in lining its pockets with dirty Russian money than in standing up to imperial aggression. So say critics. Are they right? Simon Wilson investigates.

Why is London so popular with oligarchs?

Because, as Boris Berezovsky’s lawyer once happily explained to The Sunday Times, no other city affords them the same combination of “accessibility, services, security and lifestyle”. In the chaotic years after the fall of communism, a combination of these four factors turned London into the home-away-from-home of choice for the powerful and now fantastically wealthy figures who had seized control of Russia’s economy [...]

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