Russian oligarchs suspected of corruption will be forced to explain their luxury lifestyles in the UK, the security minister has said.
As part of an organised crime crackdown, Ben Wallace told The Times officials could now seize suspicious assets worth more than £50,000.
He added wealthy foreign criminals would feel the “full force of government”.
It is estimated £90bn of illegal cash is laundered in the UK each year.
New Unexplained Wealth Orders introduced this week will allow government officials to keep hold of assets including property until they have been properly accounted for.
In the interview with the paper, the security minister warned: “We will come for you, for your assets and we will make the environment you live in difficult.”
Dozens of targets have already been identified, according to The Times.
Mr Wallace commended BBC drama McMafia’s “really good portrayal” of the international nature of organised crime.
“Beneath the gloss there is real nastiness,” he said.
“So …
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