Butler to the World: Britain's Dirty Money Problem

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A discussion with author Oliver Bullough about his latest book, Butler to the World: How Britain Helps the World's Worst People Launder Money, Commit Crimes, and Get Away with Anything.

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Butler to the World reveals how Britain came to assume its role as the centre of the offshore economy. It demonstrates how so many elements of modern Britain have been put at the service of the world's oligarchs and kleptocrats with disastrous global consequences.

With the Biden administration putting anti-corruption at the heart of its foreign policy, what does this mean for the UK’s role? This book lays bare how London has deliberately undercut US regulations for decades, and calls into question the extent to which Britain can be considered a reliable ally.


Tom Keatinge, Director, Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies, RUSI

Helena Wood, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies, RUSI


Oliver Bullough is a Welsh journalist and author who writes about financial crime, often with a connection to the former Soviet Union. His last book, Moneyland, was published in 2018. He is also a member of RUSI’s Taskforce on a Transatlantic Response to Illicit Finance.  

Taskforce on a Transatlantic Response to Illicit Finance

TARIF aims to strengthen global democracy by identifying viable ways in which the UK and US can combine efforts in tackling illicit finance.

How to attend

The event will be held on a hybrid basis, both at RUSI’s office and online.

To express your interest in attending in person please email Sabrina Downey, Events Director, RUSI at sabrinad@rusi.org (spaces are limited).

Please register to watch the event online. The online audience will be on mute but will be able to submit questions in writing during the event. For any enquiries about this event, please contact Sabrina Downey at RUSI.

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