From Freeze to Seize: Exploring Mechanisms to Recover the Proceeds of Kleptocracy

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Political leaders worldwide are committed to moving from temporary sanctions-based freezes of assets belonging to individuals linked to the Kremlin to permanent seizures. But can this 'from freeze to seize' approach comply with rules of proportionality and human rights provisions?

RUSI’s Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies (CFCS) is delighted to welcome you to a discussion exploring potential avenues to improve the UK’s ability to respond to this challenge.

Joining our expert panel are:

  • Helen Taylor, Legal Researcher from Spotlight on Corruption
  • Maria Nizzero, Research Fellow, CFCS, RUSI
  • Kennedy Talbot KC

The discussion will be moderated by Martin Bentham, Home Affairs Editor, Evening Standard

Policymakers seek to achieve two goals simultaneously: ensuring that individuals linked to the Kremlin are held accountable not only for Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, but also for their alleged historical corruption.

Recognising the limited impact of the existing powers under the UK Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA) against more clearly evidenced corruption proceeds to date, and the complexities of gathering evidence to the necessary standard of proof, the event will examine possible alternative asset recovery mechanisms that would achieve permanent confiscation of such assets and help respond to the immediate policy goal surrounding Russian-linked assets, while also strengthening the broader asset recovery framework in the UK for the longer term.

Drinks will be available to those attending from 17:30 to 18:30.

How to attend

To take part, you must pre-register no later than 23 November using the ‘Register Now’ button. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

There are limited places available; to attend, please email Arzu Abbasova at If you have any questions, please email Sabrina Downey, Events Director, at

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