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

London has long been known in political literature as “Londonistan”.

This is a label that appeared in many media a long time ago, pointing to the ease with which extremist Islamic movements operate in the British capital, and the British Government’s indulgence in dealing with these movements, given the nature of the old and dubious collaborative relationship between London and extremist Islamic groups and organizations around the Islamic world.

This name, for which the crime was known, 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 been circulated in the most discreet political 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 “has become undisputed capital. of dirty money in the world”, after building its legal system. And the financial one in a way that made it an ideal place to lure, launder and recycle “dirty” money, and the relationship between the British and Soviet empires an ambiguous story of trillions of dollars poisoning money has.

What the newspaper offered about “how the British capital, over the course of many decades, has made itself a welcoming metropolis for corrupt and criminals from around the world,” including the Russians, highlighting the feasibility and severity of British sanctions against Russia questioned it. until his intervention in Ukraine, was not new in the centers of Research, observers and specialists involved in detecting the path of corrupt money, not even on Western intelligence services, including the British. About three years ago, specifically in 2019, a report was prepared by Dominic Grieve, the former Conservative MP in the British Parliament, who worked as a prosecutor and chaired the Intelligence Committee on Russian interference in British politics, that Britain was busy to launder the money of the Russian oligarch, most of whom came from untraceable sources.

“Grif” indicated in his report that many Russian businessmen have strong ties with the Kremlin.

And ahead of the publication of the Financial Times inquiry, specifically 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 Has, due to weak anti-corruption laws and a lack of Monitoring and oversight of its implementation, damaged Britain’s international reputation and weakened the rule of law in the country.

The center called for new measures 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 “were” their illegal assets, which they own while retaining power.

And in early April, the American CBS channel raised the same issue and said in an extensive report that “the West tried to punish Russian President Vladimir Putin for the invasion by freezing the funds of his closest allies from the very rich oligarchs who have been living a luxurious life for decades. ” While Europe seized houses and giant yachts, and Washington frozen bank accounts and imposed travel bans, Britain was “late”, and Britain actively courted Russian billionaires for years, ignoring 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. large-scale republics, which were Putin’s opponents, called on the West, and especially Britain, to be tough on Russian money, although the ruling elite and Russian officials continued to boast of their large fortunes in the most luxury destinations in Europe.

Thus, what the prestigious British newspaper revealed was not new in its kind, but it only revealed additional details about Britain’s role in making corruption possible, and about the large facilities and deliberate legal loopholes in the British financial system, from which “dirty money” traders operate, where the value of money varies Which is washed annually in Britain between 23 and 57 billion pounds sterling.

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 prestigious 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 room 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 amounts of illegal money” are pouring into The Ultimate into the U.S. 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 U.S. states that allow the establishment of shell companies without Finding out the actual owners.

The strange paradox here, which could not be deduced, whether from British reports and their shocking information or the sensational confessions of the US Treasury Secretary, is the state of total and suspicious silence of the Western bodies involved in this issue regarding this information. and these confessions related to Western countries, while focusing their efforts on other countries, Especially the developing countries and the countries of the Middle East, although many of these countries are harmed by Western practices in this area According to the Financial Times, developing countries lose about a trillion dollars annually due to corruption, which is 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” – involved in monitoring global financial crimes – includes several Arab and Middle Eastern countries on its gray list of countries that must be monitored for a full year for illegal funding for “money laundering to prevent “. and the organization’s report gave a rating “Low” for money laundering investigations and hearings, and a “medium” rating for preventive measures for some Arab countries and many developing countries, despite their legal, legislative and security efforts on money laundering but this group hides and will remain silent about what has been revealed by British newspapers and research centers.And the American practices that take place in Britain or America in a way that raises doubts about the credibility of this organizations and the classifications they issue.

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