From “Londonistan” to “the capital of dirty money”

This name, known for the city of mist, was not introduced by the media of countries affected by British practices, but it came from within Britain itself and from its media and its intellectual, research and academic elite, and this term has spread in the most sober political journals and scientific journals in Britain and abroad, and also In many books which chronicle this relationship, including the important book “The Secret History of Britain’s Conspiracy with the Fundamentalists” by Mark Curtis, a specialist in the history of British foreign policy.

Having been and is a safe haven for extremist Islamic movements, London has recently become a safe haven for corrupt money, so it appears that the British capital is on a date with a new name, which has spread widely in many well-known British media and research centers, It is “the capital of dirty money”.

It was not surprising or new that the most famous British newspaper in the field of finance and business, “The Financial Times” in its extensive investigative investigation, which he published a few days ago, revealed that London is now the undisputed capital of dirt has become. money in the world, having built its legal and financial system in a way that made it an ideal place to attract, launder and recycle dirty money, and the relationship between the British and Soviet empires’ made an ambiguous story of trillions of dollars of toxic money for democracy.

What the newspaper presented about how the British capital has over the decades made itself a welcoming metropolis for corrupt and criminals from around the world, including the Russians, who questioned the feasibility and severity of British sanctions against Russia because of the intervention in Ukraine, was not new to research centers, observers and specialists. Those involved in tracking down the path of corrupt money, not even on Western intelligence services, including the British, about three years ago, specifically in 2019, a report compiled by Dominic. Grieve, the former Conservative MP in the British Parliament who served as public prosecutor and chaired the Intelligence Committee, found that Russian interference in British politics That Britain was robbing the money of the Russian oligarchs, most of whom were untraceable sources came.

“Grif” indicated in its report that many Russian businessmen have strong ties with the Kremlin. Ahead of the publication of the Financial Times inquiry and a challenge last December, the prestigious British research center Chatham House revealed in a report that Britain had become the money laundering capital of the world for an elite emerging after the collapse of the Soviet Union Implemented, due to poor anti-corruption laws and the lack of control and supervision, which damaged Britain’s international reputation and weakened the rule of law in the country. The center called for new procedures and a complete restructuring of laws to prevent “dirty money” traders from easily benefiting from the current legal loopholes, and warned the British government that Britain’s laws do not only contribute to the flourishing of organized crime, but also some help. corrupt politicians to “wash” their illegal assets that they own while retaining power.

In early April, the American CBS channel raised the same issue and said in an extensive report that the West was trying to punish Russian President Vladimir Putin for the invasion by freezing the funds of his closest allies from the very rich oligarchs who a luxurious life for decades. While Europe confiscated mega-hunts and houses, and Washington froze bank accounts and imposed travel bans, Britain lagged behind. Over the years, Britain has actively sued Russian billionaires and ignored reports of doubt about some of their fortunes. Now there is a lot of Russian money in Britain, whose capital was once called “Londongrad”, because since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, it has become the most prominent global center for the flow of money from the former Soviet Union. republics on a large scale, which is what Putin’s opponents did to him. The West, and especially Britain, has demanded to be strict against Russian money, although the ruling elite and Russian officials continue to show off their vast wealth in the most luxurious. destinations in Europe.

Thus, what was revealed by the prestigious British newspaper was not new in its kind, but it only revealed additional details about Britain’s role in making corruption possible, and about the great facilities and deliberate legal loopholes in the British financial system. from which “dirty money” traders operate, where the value of the money made varies.Was annually in Britain, between 23 and 57 billion pounds. Last December, the same newspaper published an article by British MP and former development minister in the British government Andrew Mitchell entitled “Dirty money harms Britain more than our reputation,” indicating that the British real estate sector is tempting those . who want to launder their money from abroad, especially From the rich Russians, who exploit it for this purpose.

Perhaps the value of the new report of the coveted newspaper lies in the fact that it comes from within Britain itself and from a well-known and influential British newspaper, as if it were the testimony of a witness from his people, and therefore there is no place not. to refute such reports or question their credibility.

And here Britain is not alone. What applies to it applies to the United States of America itself, and also to the testimony and recognition of its people. In her speech at the Democracy Summit last December, the US Secretary of State of finance, Janet Yellen, expressed her regret that “large sums of illegal money” in the end inflow Ultimate into the US financial system. She added that “there are reasons to believe that the best place at the moment to hide and launder fraudulently obtained money is, in fact, the United States,” and called for the need to “light” on the “gray areas “in the United States. States, with reference to US states that allow the creation of shell companies without knowledge, their real owners.

The strange paradox here, which could not be deduced from British reports and their shocking information or the sensational confessions of the US Treasury Secretary, is the state of complete and suspicious silence of the Western bodies concerned with this issue regarding this information and these confessions related to Western countries, while focusing their efforts on other countries, especially developing countries And the countries of the Middle East region, although many of these countries are disadvantaged by Western practices in this area, according to the ” Financial Times “, developing countries lose about a trillion dollars annually due to corruption being laundered in the financial system of the economies of large Western countries. Which raises big questions about the credibility of the classification of these bodies.

For example, the Financial Action Task Force “FATF”, which is involved in monitoring global financial crimes, includes several Arab and Middle Eastern countries on its gray list of countries that must be monitored for illegal funding for a full year to “money laundering to prevent, “and the organization’s report gave a” low “rating. For money laundering investigations and trials, and an “average” classification of preventive measures for some Arab countries and many developing countries, despite their legal, legislative and security efforts to combat money laundering, but this group will hide and remain silent about what British and American newspapers and research centers have revealed about the practices taking place.In Britain or America, this raises doubts about the credibility of these organizations and the ratings they issue.

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