Banned Russian oligarchs exploited UK secrecy loophole – BBC News

Posted August 4th, 2022 in anonymity, company law, money laundering, news, partnerships, Russia by tracey

‘Sanctioned Russian oligarchs from Vladimir Putin’s inner circle exploited a UK secrecy loophole left open by the government. Arkady and Boris Rotenberg – judo partners of the Russian president – used a type of company that was not required to identify its real owners.’

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BBC News, 3rd August 2022

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Row over UK child visas as Ukrainian violinist’s three-month wait continues – The Guardian

Posted July 11th, 2022 in asylum, children, government departments, immigration, news, refugees, Russia, Ukraine, visas, war by tracey

‘A talented 17-year-old violinist living on the frontline in south-east Ukraine has been left waiting three months for a British visa, revealing serious flaws in government promises to help unaccompanied children.’

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The Guardian, 10th July 2022

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‘The worst law on earth’: why the rich love London’s reputation managers – The Guardian

‘Boris Johnson has vowed to level the playing field on which oligarchs stifle those who scrutinise them. How can he do it?’

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The Guardian, 8th June 2022

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London Metal Exchange sued for $456m over cancelled nickel trades – BBC News

Posted June 6th, 2022 in banking, compensation, financial regulation, news, Russia, Ukraine, war by tracey

The London Metal Exchange (LME) has been sued for $456m (£365m) by fund manager Elliott Associates following the suspension and cancellation of nickel trades earlier this year. The claim was filed in the English High Court against the trading platform and its subsidiary LME Clear.’

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BBC News, 6th June 2022

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Wimbledon ban on Russian players raises equality law questions – OUT-LAW.com

‘The recent move to ban Russian and Belarussian players from participating in this year’s Wimbledon Championships brings into focus the role of the Equality Act 2010 (“the Act”) in sport.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 27th May 2022

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International law should be applied to cyberspace, Attorney General to say – The Independnet

‘International law should be applied to cyberspace to make it clear when a nation state has acted unlawfully and what action can be legally taken in response to a cyberattack, the Attorney General will say.’

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The Independent, 19th May 2022

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UK lawyers still able to work for Russian clients despite new services sanctions – The Guardian

Posted May 5th, 2022 in export controls, legal services, news, Russia, sanctions, Ukraine, war crimes by sally

‘The UK has said it will ban the export of services including accountancy, consultancy and PR advice to Russia in the latest attempt to isolate the country’s economy after the invasion of Ukraine – but lawyers will still be able to service Russian clients.’

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The Guardian, 4th May 2022

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Former officer poisoned by Novichok in Salisbury settles claim against Wiltshire Police – The Independent

Posted April 13th, 2022 in attempted murder, compensation, murder, news, poisoning, police, Russia by tracey

‘A former police officer who was poisoned in the Salisbury Novichok attack has reached a settlement in a legal case against his former force, his lawyers have said.’

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The Independent, 13th April 2022

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Stop matching lone female Ukraine refugees with single men, UK told – The Guardian

Posted April 13th, 2022 in asylum, government departments, immigration, news, refugees, Russia, Ukraine, war, women by tracey

‘UN agency intervenes in wake of claims predatory men using Homes for Ukraine scheme to target vulnerable.’

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The Guardian, 13th April 2022

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War crimes: How are they defined, investigated and punished? – The Independent

Posted April 11th, 2022 in international courts, international law, news, Russia, Ukraine, war, war crimes, weapons by tracey

‘International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor has already announced an investigation into Russia’s conduct in Ukraine as invasion continues and atrocities are alleged in Bucha.’

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The Independent, 10th April 2022

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Enacting ECHR compliant measures to confiscate property: imposing sanctions on Russian oligarchs for the invasion of Ukraine – Property Law Blog

‘In the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, there have been widespread calls to expand the sanctions imposed on Russian oligarchs linked to President Vladmir Putin. According to reporting by the Financial Times, civil servants are currently “examining very carefully” what powers are needed to “swiftly acquire specific land and property owned by a sanctioned person, without the need to pay them compensation.”’

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Property Law Blog, 11th March 2022

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Illicit finance crackdown only ‘first step in ensuring UK no longer oligarch safe haven’, MPs say – The Independent

‘Government efforts to crackdown down on illicit finance in the UK are only a “first step” in stopping the country being a safe haven for oligarchs, MPs on the influential intelligence and security committee have stressed.’

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The Independent, 15th March 2022

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Attorney General vows to put Russia’s war criminals ‘behind bars’ – The Independent

‘The Attorney General has vowed to put Russian soldiers found guilty of war crimes in Ukraine behind bars.’

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The Independent. 13th March 2022

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Home Secretary appoints chair to Sturgess inquiry – Home Office

Posted March 11th, 2022 in government departments, inquiries, news, poisoning, Russia, unlawful killing by tracey

‘Today, the Home Secretary has announced that Lord Hughes of Ombersley will chair the inquiry into the death of Dawn Sturgess, who died in July 2018 following exposure to the nerve agent Novichok.’

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Home Office, 10th March 2022

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Research Briefing: No-fly zones and Ukraine – House of Commons Library

Posted March 8th, 2022 in aircraft, international relations, news, Russia, Ukraine, war by tracey

‘The UK and NATO have ruled out establishing a no-fly zone in Ukraine. What is their legal basis and when have they been used before?’

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House of Commons Library , 7th March 2021

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Will The UK Welcome People Fleeing Putin’s War In Ukraine? – Each Other

‘As the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues, questions rage, alongside the war, about how the UK should protect Ukrainians seeking refuge.’

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Each Other, 1st March 2022

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UK law firms aiding Russian oligarchs could face penalties, No 10 suggests – The Guardian

Posted March 1st, 2022 in law firms, news, penalties, Russia, sanctions by sally

‘Law firms and PR outfits working to stop Russian oligarchs from being hit by UK sanctions could themselves be targeted by financial curbs, No 10 has suggested, as it warned them to “think very carefully” before propping up those allied to Vladimir Putin’s regime.’

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The Guardian, 28th February 2022

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Russian oligarchs in UK face new laws tackling ‘dirty money’ – The Guardian

‘Boris Johnson has said that Russian oligarchs will no longer have a hiding place for their “ill-gotten gains” in the UK under legislation being introduced in parliament this week.’

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The Guardian, 28th February 2022

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Public inquiry into death of Dawn Sturgess – Home Office

Posted November 19th, 2021 in government departments, inquiries, news, poisoning, Russia, unlawful killing by tracey

‘Home Secretary announces a public inquiry to investigate the death of Dawn Sturgess.’

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Home Office, 18th November 2021

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Dawn Sturgess: Patel considers public inquiry into Novichok death – BBC News

‘The government is considering whether to hold a full public inquiry into the death of Dawn Sturgess from the nerve agent Novichok in Wiltshire in 2018.’

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BBC News, 23rd September 2021

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