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? 

Keynote remarks

H.E. Serhiy Marchenko
Minister of Finance of Ukraine


Timothy Ash
Senior Sovereign Strategist
Bluebay Asset Management

John Cusack
Global Coalition to Fight Financial Crime

Olena Halushka
International Center for Ukrainian Victory

Brian O’Toole
Nonresident Senior Fellow, GeoEconomics Center
Atlantic Council


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