MPs urged to change law so frozen Russian assets can help aid Ukraine

Kremlin critic Bill Browder says US-style legislation would give UK power to confiscate money to support Ukrainian military efforts

The Kremlin critic and anti-corruption campaigner Bill Browder has urged MPs to introduce a US-style law that would allow the government to confiscate frozen Russian assets to support military efforts in Ukraine.

Browder, who became a prominent campaigner after his lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, died in custody in Russia in 2009, told the UK’s Treasury committee that passing laws similar to Washington’s could “change the whole nature of the war”, and help shift the burden from taxpayers to businesses and individuals subject to sanctions.

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