Seizing Russian Assets

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A complex web of shell companies, offshore banks and hidden transactions has concealed the wealth of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his oligarchs for years. With international sanctions aimed at staunching the flow of money that funds Russia's war in Ukraine, a new nonprofit reporting collaboration led by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project and the Guardian, launched the Russian Asset Tracker. It's the most comprehensive database to date that catalogs the assets of Russians with links to Putin. On this episode of the podcast, we follow the money trail to better understand the connection between Putin’s power and his oligarchs. Then we explore the legal mechanisms for seizing these assets.

Guests:

Drew Sullivan, co-founder of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project

Karen Greenaway, former special agent in the FBI's International Corruption Unit

Host:

Ray Suarez, co-host WorldAffairs

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