The British government must take action to counter the threat posed by Putin-linked members of the country’s Russian business community, several of whom are involved in UK charitable and political organisations, the Intelligence and Security Committee has warned.
In its long-awaited report on the threat posed to the UK by the Kremlin, the parliamentary committee notes that many Russians with “very close” links to the Russian president are “well integrated” in the UK business and social scenes.
“The links of the Russian elite to the UK — especially where this involves business and investment — provide access to UK companies and political figures, and thereby a means for broad Russian influence in the UK,” the report says.
Warning that Russian intelligence and business were “completely intertwined,” the report urges the government to “take the necessary measures to counter the threat and challenge the impunity of Putin-linked elites.”
The report, produced by the cross-party committee over the course of 18 months, considered material from the UK’s intelligence services, as well as evidence from independent experts.