Russian Illicit Finance
1 September 2021 - 3 March 2022
PI/s in Exeter: Dr Catherine Owen
Research partners: Two Exeter-based research fellows: Tom Mayne and Tena Prelec It is part of a wider umbrella project led by Prof Heather Marquette at the University of Birmingham.
Funding awarded: £ 55,106
Sponsor(s): Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office
About the research
Our research proposes an innovative approach to understanding ‘organised criminal corruption’ in the context of Russia. We will develop a new conceptual framework to improve our understanding of Russian Illicit Financial Flows (IFF) and Serious and Organised Crime (SOC) and sharpen policy responses. We use existing and new evidence from a series of case studies to explain how networks of Russian state actors (politicians, officials, law enforcement) and non-state actors (business people and criminals) interact and how they impact on Russia's foreign and security policy. We will assess and categorise the scope and nature of the threat they pose to national security. This project is part of the Serious Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Evidence (SOC ACE) Research Programme, led by Prof Heather Marquette at the University of Birmingham.