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I read a book titled Red Notice by an investment banker named Bill Browder. To cut it short, he comes from a family of US communists and as an act of rebellion, became a filthy capitalist investment banker. Fresh out of university he moved to England, the Soviet Union collapsed, and through a contact he started investing in Russia and made huge profits very quickly, and so climbed the ranks and made a name for himself.
The reason the oligarchs have so much money is because when the USSR collapsed, shares were distributed to everyone of legal age in the country. Most of them either didn't know what to do with them, didn't care, or were in such poverty that they'd happily swap them for a bottle of vodka or a sack of potatoes. This happened in the villages, then the shares were brought to the towns and bought up, then to the cities and bought up again, finally reaching the hands of a select few who, mostly, already had power in governance in the USSR. These are the oligarchs.
Possibly as a fuck you to the west, possibly because they really are corrupt kleptocratic maniacs, they started stealing from the western investors. The methods they use and the laws in Russia are fantastic and worth reading the book for alone. Browder got out of the country, but the Russian police murdered his lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, and so Browder campaigned to stop the oligarchs being able to spend their money in the west, getting the Magnitsky act passed in a number of western countries:
>The Magnitsky Act, formally known as the Russia and Moldova Jackson-Vanik Repeal and Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2012, is a bipartisan bill passed by the U.S. Congress and President Obama in November–December 2012, intending to punish Russian officials responsible for the death of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky in a Moscow prison in 2009.
That's the background. I looked Bill Browder up a few months back, after reading his book earlier this year. I found this youtube video:
(I linked the video to the pertinent information, at roughly 4 minutes 20 seconds, but all of it is relevant and worth a watch if you're interested)
Now, I know for a fact (and it's easy to find information on this) that the tories are using the DWP to create artificial statistics on employment, creating figures that say they have got more people into employment when really they're just putting people on zero hour contracts or moving troublesome job centre clients onto ESA. I know people who work for the job centre who vouch for this, as well as there being plenty online and in the press that claims/indicates this as well.
In the above video (Browder at a select committee hearing), Browder claims that the piece of legislation he has campaigned in the name of for the past 10 years is not being passed in the UK; he is being passed from agency to agency, being met with dead ends and disregard along the way. In the above video, he claims that the amount being spent by the Russians in the UK is in the region of hundreds of billions of dollars. Could this, aside from politicians being bought off, be artificially inflating regions of, if not all of, the economy? That is not a small amount of money.
Maybe the reason why the legislation isn't being passed here (he discusses this slightly before the 4 minute point I linked in the video) is because the word has come from the top that we need this politically? I'm interested to hear opinions on this.