In connection with the poisoning of Sergei Skripal, economic measures are being prepared to punish wealthy Russians who have assets in the country. This was stated by the Foreign Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson.
“People want to see how law enforcement agencies bring to justice the very rich people who are directly connected with Vladimir Putin, … those whose wealth could be the result of their [good] relations with him,” the diplomat said.
He clarified that it was a question of applying so-called inquiries about the wealth of inexplicable origin – Unexplained Wealth Orders (UWO). The person receiving such a request must provide the British authorities with an explanation of the sources of origin of the suspicious assets.
According to Johnson, the UK Crime Agency and the Economic Crime Unit are currently investigating a “wide range of individuals”. He did not give details, referring to the secret nature of the investigation.
Earlier it became known that Russia plans to expel British diplomats in response to a similar step by the British side.