Putin, Keir Starmer, Britain discussed on 60 Minutes

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Russian missiles raining death on Ukraine is Britain seriously questioning the money oligarchs have been showering down on them for years. It was pretty obvious what Russia was like by 2018, and yet it was still. You find prime ministers saying it's time we finally got rid of the dirty money in this country. So it's time now. How is it not time a decade previously? We have become very dependent, certainly in London, on the fees that this money generates. We don't come to the leader of the opposition, the right honorable Keir Starmer. For too long, Britain has been a safe haven for stolen money. Putin thinks that we're too corrupted to do the right thing and put an end to it. Just the prime minister agree. Now is the time to sanction every oligarch and crack open every shell company so we can prove Putin wrong. Yes, mister speaker and that's why this government has brought forward the unprecedented and measures that we have. The government of Boris Johnson canceled the Visa program when Russia invaded Ukraine. It banned travel and froze the assets of 19 oligarchs. It will soon launch an anti corruption police unit. Both political parties labor and conservative have courted Russian money, but conservatives have gotten the lion's share, at least $4 million in political donations since 2012, including almost a $1 million from Alexander to Merkel, a former Russian arms tycoon, now a British citizen. He's not on the sanctions list. How can our allies trust us prime minister to clean up dirty Russian money in the UK? But they won't even clean up his own political party. Mister speaker, I just think it's very important that that has to understand we do not raise money from a Russian oligarchs, people who people who give money to this to this to this, that we raise money from people who are registered to vote on the UK register of interest. And that is, that is how we do it. But nothing inflamed Johnson's critics more than his 2020 appointment of media mogul, evgeny lebedev, a dual citizen to the House of lords. Our trusty and well beloved yevgeny, alexandrovich, lebedev. Despite warnings from British security services that the son of an ex KGB agent posed a security risk, lord lebedev of Hampton and Siberia put on his ermine robes. Now, from his seat he can watch other British lords race to resign from boards of Russian companies. As you may have noticed in the last two weeks has been the most massive bailout for people leaving the boards of Russian companies because it's become socially quite apart from politically unacceptable for them to be on it. But in the past, they were plenty of such facilitators around. What made it acceptable before? I mean, there have been one incident after another that should have set up alarm bells. Well, that's certainly my view. Because we were concerned about those things and about the threat, the potential threat that Russia poses to our national security. Former oligarch, Mikhail khodorkovsky, told us he thought the sanctions were essential, but not enough. What drives me crazy, he told us, is the cowardice of western leaders who say we can't do this. We can't do that because Putin might retaliate. That appeasement is exactly the tactic the west used against Hitler, and that led to millions of lives being lost. Stop. Pressure is building on the oligarchs of Britain, anti war demonstrators now call them out. Close Putin ally Roman Abramovich, who is selling his soccer club, may have been poisoned himself in Kyiv. Industrialist oligarchy's belgravia mansion was occupied by squatters two weeks ago. Oliver bulla told us London's dirty secret. It's amoral. It doesn't care. What's its stake here if this continues? I think the really important point to understand is that an oligarch doesn't stop being an oligarch if they fly to the UK. They want the same things in the UK as they want at home, which is they want rigged access to government auctions. They want preferential access to politicians. And I think we need to be very, very. Risk averse about allowing that to happen here. Because once you set off down that path, it's very hard to come back. Laurie Anderson is an artist whose work defies any easy description. She's a pioneer of the avant garde, but as we learned, that doesn't begin to describe what she creates. Her work is in sold in galleries, it's experienced by audiences who come to see her perform, singing, telling stories, and playing strange violins of her own invention. She won a Grammy for chamber music album about hurricane sandy and remains one of America's most unusual and visionary artists. A major exhibition of her work is on display at the Smithsonian's hirschhorn museum in Washington, D.C.. Ladies and gentlemen, Laurie Anderson. She's played electronic drums on her body. An electric violins that sing and how. For nearly 5 decades now, she's blended the beautiful and the bizarre. Days go by. Challenging audiences with homilies and humor. Welcome to difficult listening. She blurs boundaries across music, theater, dance, and film. Strangers dream. This is my dream body. It's not just audiences that have a hard time defining her work, Laurie Anderson sometimes does as well. I used to say multimedia artist and that was ridiculous. Multimedia artist with a gun to my head, I say. I tell stories. And those look like paintings sometimes. They look like, you know, songs, they look like films. They're just stories. What is the story, what is its function? How does it work? Who's telling it? To who? If you've heard of Lori Anderson at all, it may be because of this 8 minute long song she recorded back in 1980. It's eerie and somewhat unsettling and to her surprise it became a hit. This was a song about how basically technology can not save you. I first heard it when I was 14, I just was like, what is this? And I still listen to it. It's about a lot of things. Justice safety..

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