In a new investigation, the British newspaper Financial Times sheds light on the role played by London in embracing corrupt individuals and criminals from around the world.
The investigation, presented in the form of a documentary film, reveals that Russian businessmen and companies have been investing in London for nearly two decades, with encouragement from British politicians across the spectrum.
The documentary begins with a voiceover by Tom Burgis, the newspaper’s investigative journalist, stating, “There is no doubt that London is the capital of dirty money in the world.”
The Financial Times report focuses on London’s embrace of Russian money and the fortunes of Russian businessmen known as the “Russian oligarchy” who amassed vast profits after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. However, this report also recalls the dark image of the relationship between the terrorist group Muslim Brotherhood and the British capital, London.
Muslim Brotherhood’s Money
In the UK, the controversy surrounding the Islamic Relief organization continues regarding its connection to the Muslim Brotherhood and its role as a backdoor for receiving donations and funding the group’s activities. According to official estimates, the organization, founded by Egyptian Hani al-Banna, known for his affiliation with the Muslim Brotherhood, receives around $570 million annually in donations and contributions.
The management of the organization’s funds falls under the international organization of the Muslim Brotherhood, and the group allocates a portion of these funds to its branches in some countries, including Hamas. Essam al-Haddad, a leader in the Brotherhood and former advisor to the deposed President Mohamed Morsi, acted as a mediator in those transactions.
Capital of Dirty Money
Through 13 organizations and associations in London, managed by Ibrahim Munir and Essam al-Haddad, money was flowing to Hamas. These organizations also handled the management of the group’s investments in real estate, textiles, restaurants, and schools.
Although Britain is an open financial center, it lacks clear and effective regulations in the field of financial auditing, according to the Financial Times, which highlights the absence of the ability to verify incorrect information and remove it from the records.
A recent European study by the European Center for Terrorism and Intelligence Studies revealed that the relationship between Britain and the Muslim Brotherhood has become complex and not as strong as it was in the past, particularly before the emergence of the “ISIS” organization. At the same time, it has not reached the stage of direct hostility and competition.
The study also highlighted an extremely dangerous and direct threat, which is the Brotherhood’s propaganda machine and how it is used to shape an image of the group and provide support. It focused on their activities during the coronavirus pandemic, where the organization boasts on social media platforms that they are the real driving force in society, raising questions about why the British media does not pay attention to this propaganda.