Russia: Sanctions

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:30 pm on 31st January 2022.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion 5:30 pm, 31st January 2022

The Government’s attempt to claim some kind of moral high ground on Russian sanctions is sheer hypocrisy when the right hon. Lady’s party has accepted donations from oligarchs and her Government have turned a blind eye to the Kremlin meddling in our democracy and have held open the door to Putin’s cronies to have their money laundered in London. Can she tell us whether that is why there is still this delay to the promised register of overseas entities, which would shine a light on Russian ownership of British property? In her replies to Mr Bradshaw and Layla Moran, she showed a remarkable lack of urgency on whether the economic crime Bill might be introduced sometime this year. That is not good enough when we are talking about what pressure can be brought to bear on Russia now.