Kleptocracy Tour of Ox’bridge…


The Committee for Legislation Against Moneylaundering in Properties by Kleptocrats,


 the Kleptocracy Initiative of the Hudson Institute

cordially invite you to the inaugural

Kleptocracy Tour of Oxbridge

to be held in Oxford on Friday 10th June.  

The issue of reputation laundering through grants to higher education is at the forefront of academic discussion.  The organizers of the Kleptocracy Tours have made it their mission to inform the public about this issue, as part of an investigation into the damage illicit cash is doing to the fabric of our society.  We examine how this money is affecting Oxford and Cambridge Universities in the new Kleptocracy Tour of Higher Education.

The Kleptocracy Tours of London gained sparked media attention in high-end property ownership by global kleptocrats; now we turn our Kleptoscope on the universities, on their due diligence bodies, the committees supposed to review their donations.  Please join us on a guided tour which we believe you will find an extremely thought-provoking experience.

The Tour exposes who exactly gives large grants to Oxford and Cambridge. Several associates of Vladimir Putin have used their ties with Britain’s top universities to launder their reputations, to deflect attention from their oligarchic track records and to obscure the sources of their wealth. We will also unmask the western enablers who have helped bring this highly controversial money into the UK. This is an issue that will remain at the centre of UK policymaking for the foreseeable future.

The Tour features prominent scholars and anti-corruption experts – journalists, writers, and investigators – as your guides, who will tell stories of ill-gotten wealth and answer your questions about the origins of grants the universities have accepted.

Ilya Zaslavskiy       Expert at Free Russia Foundation & researcher at US & UK think-tanks;

Oliver Bullough        journalist and author of The Last Man in Russia;

Dr Andrew Foxall      Director of the Russia Studies Centre at The Henry Jackson Society;

Martin Dewhirst       Lecturer in Russian language & literature, University of Glasgow;

Daniel Voskoboynik   Former Investment Officer, Cambridge University Students’ Union;

Peter Pomeranzev    journalist and author of Nothing is True and Everything is Possible;

Roman Borisovich   anticorruption activist & star of From Russia With Cash documentary;

Mark Hollingsworth   journalist and author of Londongrad;

Nick Kochan      journalist and author of Corruption: The New Corporate Challenge;

There will also be contributions from representatives of Transparency InternationalGlobal Witness, and ClampK, leaders of the campaign for transparency of global offshore tax havens.

Please, be aware that this will a walking tour of Oxford and a sitting tour of Cambridge and will not, unlike the London tours, be on a coach. The walking part will consist of a  45min/1hour guided walk around Oxford and then we will sitting down in a private venue for a verbal tour of similar locations in Cambridge and for an open and general discussion of the ramifications and implications of these phenomena.

If you would like tickets for this event, please, email us at


stating your name, your interest in this topic and whether you will be in a position to make a contribution towards the costs of the tour. Our bus takes approx 45 people so places are limited. If demand is sufficient we will investigate the opportunity for doing further tours soon.


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