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The Express newspaper published an interview with the activist Andrey Sidelnikov, who called the British government for more international cooperation on sanctions. He emphasized that such a high-ranking Russian politician as Arsen Kanokov, who was a co-owner of the Russian Centrocredit Bank, should not be escaping UK sanctions.

A Kremlin critic forced to flee his homeland says Britain must hit Putin with more sanctions and BAN all Russians from the UK. 

Andrey Sidelnikov also called for the embassy for “the fascist country” to be closed - and all buildings and businesses linked to Russia seized by authorities. 

Andrey Sidelnikov

The activist, who leads the London-based opposition movement Speak Up, said more needs to be done to stop Putin’s war in Ukraine from spreading across Europe. 

To stop this, he says anyone without political asylum should be sent home to ramp up the pressure otherwise “bombs will come to London too” 

Mr Sidelnikov, who has been granted political asylum in the UK after being forced to flee 15 years ago, said: “All of us who were born in Russia, with a Russian passport, it is our fault the war is going on now and we can’t do anything to stop it. 

“A lot of Putin’s supporters live abroad, for a long period I have known in London, for example, there are thousands of supporters. 


“Officially they change their mind and say they are against the war, but it is not true – most of them are just protecting their money and rich, good western life. 

“They say they have changed their mind, but they just want to save their criminal money. 

“We see the Governments of the west can’t understand if there is a good or bad Russian, maybe it is better to stop Visas. 

“Anyone who has one in the UK needs to be looked at more closely by the Home Office. 

“If they have supported Putin over the past 10 years, taken money from Putin-backed oligarchs, or were involved with companies supporting Putin’s regime, they must be deported from the UK and sent back to Russia. 

“I know a lot of people who have a Russian passport and a UK passport - before the 14th of February, they supported the Russian embassy and the Russkiy Mir Foundation.” 

The activist also claimed most of the buildings owned by Russian’s in the UK that are worth over £3m have been bought with “criminal” cash and officials did not look at them properly as “they brought a lot of money to the economy”. 

Mr Sidelnikov also called for more international cooperation on sanctions and that the British government must collaborate with partners. 

A businessman and high-ranking Russian politician currently escaping UK sanctions is Arsen Kanokov - said to be in the process of buying Starbucks, and has been sanctioned by Canada. 

Kanokov was a co-owner of Russian Centrocredit bank which still has an office in London.

Arsen Kanokov

It’s largest shareholder now is another Russian national residing in London, Kanokov’s long-time business partner Andrey Tarasov. 

Tarasov’s daughter Anna Danilina owned stakes in a number of companies linked to Kanokov. His other daughter Anastasia Besson owns a number of luxury properties in the UK and Tarasov has huge deposits in Barclays and Citi banks.   

Centrocredit bank was involved in a number of scandals in Russia and according to media reports, could be used to coordinate a flow of money to lobby Russian interests in the UK.   

Mr Sideknikov said: “Now the British Government must cooperate with other countries and look with the EU. 

“I hope the new Government in September will check all the sanctions and must do more. 

“They must close the Russian embassy here in London, all the people working there -not most – are not diplomats, they work for the security service. 

“It is time to close all relationships with Russia and all visas banned. 

“Most of the Russian companies must be closed too. 

“You can’t have deals with a fascist country, Russia is a fascist country. 

“If Putin wins in Ukraine he will head West, Poland and the Baltic countries will be first but bombs will come to London too. 

“The Government must make more sanctions and close every hole where Putin’s supporters of Russia could hide.”

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