Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine has highlighted the risks Russia poses to global financial security: from sanctions evasion and money laundering to financing organized crime and aiding nuclear proliferation. At the same time, the Kremlin uses dirty money and the export of corruption to undermine democratic institutions in the West. Russian assets frozen in the wake of the full-scale invasion reveal the extent to which Moscow has infiltrated Western and international financial institutions. These malign activities, and the financing of the now-sanctioned Wagner Group, make Russia one of the biggest threats to anti-terrorism financing efforts and global financial security.
What can the West do to more effectively address Russian threats to global financial security? How can countering Russian malign financial activity help blunt Russia’s war against Ukraine?
H.E. Serhiy Marchenko
Minister of Finance of Ukraine
Senior Sovereign Strategist
Bluebay Asset Management
Global Coalition to Fight Financial Crime
International Center for Ukrainian Victory
Nonresident Senior Fellow, GeoEconomics Center
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War in Ukraine
In February 2022, Moscow launched an all-out invasion of Ukraine after a months-long military build-up, threatening the country’s sovereignty and its future. This existential moment for the country follows the 2014 Maidan revolution, a nexus for Ukraine’s Europe-focused foreign policy and reform efforts. The ensuing Russian invasion and occupation of Crimea, aggression in Ukraine’s east, and Kremlin disinformation efforts, cast a shadow over Ukraine’s independence.
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