Not only is Europe facing multiple crises, but the nature of these crises and their depth were a source of disagreement between the global leaders who met recently at the 10th Lennart Meri conference. This major regional security gathering which bears the name of the late president of Estonia, takes place yearly in the country’s capital, Tallinn. The challenge stemming from an expansionist Russia...
Buying property through anonymous companies registered offshore is an ideal way to legitimise money earned through corrupt means, as cases in Russia have shown. More specialist knowledge is required if David Cameron’s proposed beneficial ownership register is to be successful.
Putin’s surprise withdrawal is not only to leverage Assad into constructive peace talks. It is also about creating more options for Russia to influence the direction of the military conflict and political transition as things change both in Russia and on the ground.
There has been much talk about the value, or lack thereof, of dialogue with Russia. But with Western relations with Russia at an all time low, there is a pressing need for new forms of creative dialogue through which to engage with Moscow.
Few will have been surprised by the findings of the Litvinenko Inquiry chaired by Sir Robert Owen. And no one should be surprised by Russia’s reaction. The Russian Foreign Ministry regretted that the inquiry had been ‘politicised’ and the country’s ambassador in London dismissed the findings, criticising the case as a ‘whitewash for British special services’ institutional incompetence’.