Press release / 4 Mars 2019

Response to Troika Laundromat stories

Our response to the Troika Laundromat stories, published on the same day the UK Government pulled the Financial Services bill:

"On the same day that the Government pulled a bill rather than extend critical transparency measures to the Crown Dependencies, today’s stories of a new Russian laundromat reveals that companies serviced by UK tax havens are integral to the circulation of billions of dollars of apparently fraudulent funds.

How many more scandals and leaks are needed before Theresa May stops the UK territories from servicing the criminal and corrupt? We cannot, and should not, wait for the rest of the world to come on board before we open up our tax havens. Government must call time on the corrupt and push the UK to lead from the front in the fight against dirty money.” - Naomi Hirst, Senior Anti-Corruption Campaigner, Global Witness

We are available for comment on the Troika Laundromat - including the use of anonymous shell companies, money laundering via European banks, and spending on high end real estate and other luxuries.

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