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Project "ZZ". Moscow-on-Thames. Russians have become a new British elite

London can hardly withstand the “Putin regime”, say intelligence agents from the British service MI-6. Experts understand that their country is too poorly equipped to counter Putin. Foreign observers note that the Russian rich in London are turning into the cream of English society. Can the UK cope with such an invasion?

On the theme of the confrontation between Britain and Russia argues in the influential newspaper «The Times» Edward Lucas.

They are sure in MI-6: from the side of Russia the “threat” is growing. According to Lucas, the attitude towards the threats of the “Putin regime” in the UK has finally changed, but the state is too poorly equipped to withstand this foreign danger. The trouble with the British is that they are overly self-confident. And this self-confidence has strengthened over the past twenty-five years, when the Cold War was forgotten. But now, if you listen to the opinion of the scouts, everything that is past is being revived. Already not only at the level of Great Britain, but also at the level of NATO.

At the headquarters of the North Atlantic Alliance, Alex Younger, head of MI-6 (UK secret intelligence agency), spoke. The head of this department told the people of NATO that the Kremlin “proved to be an example” of the threats that face both London and its allies.

The boss also spoke about the Russians goal. The goal of the Kremlin is to split the West and generate some ambivalence in the perception of the situation, dilute the assessments, make the understandable incomprehensible, so much so that even the difference between war and peace will turn into something vague and unsteady. The previous model of military conflict is no longer valid: until now, the actions of the opponents gave 80% the use of military force, and the remaining attacks were the remaining 20%. Now all the way around!

In addition, the intelligence officer said about the "impunity" of the Kremlin. This comes from the reluctance of the West to respond to Russian "provocations." In the end, it turns out that the West is not responding with anything, and therefore "tension" can only grow.

And such a lesson intelligence learned from the reality of two and a half decades! Why did this happen?

In the first half of 1990-s, Russia “dictated the rules”, and it accepted the norms of others. But then it turned into a state that only "creates the appearance" of submission to the rules. Moscow pretends to observe international agreements, but in fact violates them. The reason for this behavior is the rise in oil prices. Because of this, and also because of the growth of "Putin's influence" in the political system, the Kremlin became a "violator of the rules" and began to threaten the "world security order." Here are examples: from cyber attacks in Estonia (2007) to military intervention in Ukraine (2014). Moscow does not shun bribery, propaganda, sabotage (for example, a failed coup in Montenegro), indicates the publication.

But did London do something? Nothing like this! Together with other countries, the UK only complained. That is why Russia decided that she was given a carte blanche for interference in the internal affairs of Western countries, including large countries.

And only from the beginning of 2017, the national security service of Britain "raised" Russia, raising its position in the list of threats to the "first level". In addition to Moscow, the list includes cyber attacks and terrorism. After half a year, a strategy was developed against Russia. Its elements are the expansion of the capabilities of the military response, opposition to Putin's propaganda, curbing Russian intrigue on the fragments of the former Yugoslavia, protection of computer networks from Russian cyber-weapons, support for Ukraine.

A special point is the operation to complicate the life of the Russian elite.

Those people who were previously worried about the influence of Russian money on the British financial system, are now squeezed out of the political game, are indicated further in the material. However, the person responsible for the past policy, basically deny everything, says the intelligence officer. And if so, the British "are constantly caught off guard." It is easy to explain: intelligence does not have enough information about the plans of the Russians.

It comes to incidents. If the Russians call their Moscow "the third Rome" (this is fashionable, and this implies a reference to the Roman and Byzantine empires), then the same Russians call Britain the name "Carthage." But this means the complete destruction of the UK! Is it just rhetoric? Or a direct threat? The Russians, after all, are conducting exercises! Maybe the Kremlin believes that a nuclear war is already inevitable? That would be to know the answers to these questions, admits the scout.

The article mentions some more unpleasant facts for London, which give the reader an idea: there is simply no political will from the current leadership of Britain.

Russia’s ties to Mr. Trump in the United States are not worth mentioning. "Brexit" - again Russian. City in London is now "Londongrad." Local businessmen are rubbing their hands, thinking about the quotes of an industrial conglomerate controlled by Oleg Deripaska, a Russian oligarch.

Londongrad, we note, really became a new reality for the British.

Foreign observers note that the Russian rich in London are turning into the cream of English society. Can the UK cope with such an invasion?

Katrina Marsal in the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter (translation source from Swedish - "InoSMI") notes that the Russian rich want to live in London like the upper strata of British society.

Earlier, at the balls, representatives of the higher strata of British society usually brought their daughters to the rally, but today the debutantes are brought out by the Russians.

If earlier in the English boarding schools, young representatives of the ruling class of the British Empire received education, now such schools are “full of Russian children,” the journalist writes.

Welcome to Londongrad! By the way, Russian is not the only name for the city. There is another option: Moscow-on-Thames.

This is where the ball (literally, too) is ruled by wealthy Russians who can afford to buy property in London, and at the same time a British visa. The price of the latter is a mere trifle, about a couple of millions of pounds sterling. That is what you need to invest in British government bonds or companies if you want to live permanently in Moscow-on-Thames. The obtained visa is valid for three years, then it can be extended for another two years. Anyone who has been in the country for five years has the right to obtain citizenship.

There is Red Square in London. So called Russian Belgrav Square near Buckingham Palace. “Red Square” is called this place because many Russian rich people got houses here. London architects know how Russians like to work: outside it should look like a Victorian house, and inside like a luxurious apartment in American Manhattan. In London, however, it is impossible to build tall buildings, and therefore the Russians order large basements: minus the second floor, minus the third. Under the ground they have pools, gyms, home theaters.

As a result, the Russians became a symbol of London, which is ready to serve the international class of the super-rich. “The city washes their shirts and launders sports cars, as well as money,” writes the journalist. And the city does not ask any extra questions. At least, critics say so. It’s no joke: there are more than 150 thousands of Russians living in London! And the British think that all these people are oligarchs. They drive “big black cars”, with “armed bodyguards” in attendance.

Of course, in fact, most Russians in modern London are not oligarchs or billionaires, but upper middle class people who want to live a life that is “inaccessible in Russia”. Why such a life is “unavailable” in Russia and why Russians are so drawn to living in London cellars, the Swedish journalist doesn’t explain much. Maybe she should go in the direction of Rublyovka and write another report.

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Complaints of British intelligence officers, classified and not very clear. How to cope with the "Putin threat", if the native London has already turned into Londongrad, and even in Moscow-on-Thames? The city even has its own "Red Square"! Around the oligarchs and their heavily armed guard. No, no, yes, and there is a glimpse somewhere in the queue for a Putin visa.

It seems that not only NATO, but also British intelligence put an end to the constant shadow of the Russians in London. Soon, in the Parliament and in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, when discussing the next question, they will say: “What will the Russians think about this?”
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  1. To be or not to be
    To be or not to be 4 December 2017 09: 45
    "Moscow-on-Thames. Russians became the new British elite"
    And they are Russian ???
    1. FID
      FID 4 December 2017 09: 57
      Of course not! With ... and corrupt, they will sell Britain without hesitation!
      1. Awaz
        Awaz 5 December 2017 18: 07
        I will tell you that you are in vain so. The audience there got used a peculiar, however, at least half of them are normal Russian people. And the second half lick places for the British, only because they raised their money and work out the orders of British bankers. As soon as they have problems, the probability of repeating the fate of Berezovsky grows significantly. There are those who once escaped to London, yet turned to bow to Putin ... Although they are traitors, they are controlled
        1. Chaos
          Chaos 6 December 2017 21: 10
          Normal Russian people invest in Russia. And these corrupt skins transferred all their capital stolen in Russia there.
      2. NF68
        NF68 8 December 2017 15: 43
        Quote: SSI
        Of course not! With ... and corrupt, they will sell Britain without hesitation!

        Their British, in which case they will squeeze so hard that it will not seem enough.
    2. Primoos
      Primoos 4 December 2017 10: 59
      This is shit, not the elite. Naglia turned into a crowded outhouse. With which I congratulate the local natives.
  2. datur
    datur 4 December 2017 09: 45
    Bismarck did say his word !!! wink
  3. inkass_98
    inkass_98 4 December 2017 09: 53
    This "Russian" does not care about Russia, only financial interests remained in the former homeland. And all the pathos of the article at this point turns into zilch.
  4. vladimirvn
    vladimirvn 4 December 2017 10: 01
    And invest in your country, weak? Or is it not their country? I hate all this trash.
  5. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 4 December 2017 10: 19
    In MI-6 sure: “threat” is growing from Russia
    And they are also confident in the CIA, the FBI, the RUMO, the Agency for Internal Security of Poland and its intelligence, the Security Service of Ukraine, the Baltic offices of this area, and so on. A threat, a threat and once more a threat is coming from the East. Citizens be vigilant, politicians have more sanctions, Media have more slander. And off and on, but buried in Russian off-road. And on this impassability, the Russian “liberals” put their sweat in their sweat so that this tub with slops will drive as far as possible.
  6. Loess
    Loess 4 December 2017 10: 22
    City in London is now Londongrad
    It sounds pretty decent)
  7. The Siberian barber
    The Siberian barber 4 December 2017 10: 52
    ... so themselves and to blame!))
    They are ready to take even scum, if only they were bringing money)) Here is a rabble from thieves and scammers (such as "businessmen") and gushes away from the crime scene. For love, to the "victims of the regime", you also have to pay, not just cut coupons) )))
    1. turbris
      turbris 4 December 2017 11: 17
      If they are so preoccupied with the “Russians,” then let them hand over to Russia those who have been prosecuted and start checking the purity of capital transferred to London banks, what is weak? Then do not blow the air, soon the Russians will appear in parliament, and there ........
      1. Krabik
        Krabik 4 December 2017 13: 57
        This is an extract from a delusional article.

        And the hype is understood to rob thieves from Russia.

        Actually, it will be fun to watch how the British will cut these Russian crooks.
  8. andrewkor
    andrewkor 4 December 2017 11: 19
    These experts need to read "British SS" and compare situations!
  9. BecmepH
    BecmepH 4 December 2017 11: 26
    Here it is - HPP !!!
  10. Stirbjorn
    Stirbjorn 4 December 2017 11: 44
    Oh, another review, belated is already hopeless wassat Kerimov, who was also a French “elite”, until they decided to grab it for causal places, now he faces 10 years, with a fine in a tenfold section (4 billion euro). And this British "elite" will also be wasted if they fight against the true owners, no protection will save ... On February 2, the Americans will announce the names of the "lucky ones", we will see how these rallies will be around GDP when their offshore capital is arrested
  11. iouris
    iouris 4 December 2017 12: 21
    If so, then the "Project" 33 "is about to be covered with a copper basin and the site on which the author fantasizes, too. Forever.
  12. Conductor
    Conductor 4 December 2017 12: 32
    These are such modern Herzens, but not from politics but from finance. Maybe they’ll get together and learn to publish the newsletter Bell -2 or Bell.
  13. Stirbjorn
    Stirbjorn 4 December 2017 15: 54
    By the way, why not review what is actually being discussed in the Western press, and not the mythical fear of the “Russian oligarchy”
    Lists, as announced, will be compiled based on an analysis, firstly, of the proximity of the oligarchs to Putin, and secondly, the scale of their business outside of Russia. Personal sanctions are freezing assets, a ban on entering the United States and doing business with the list of defendants for US companies. Yes, personal sanctions do not automatically apply to businesses, but they are toxic anyway - the signature of the subordinate Igor Sechin on the contract cost ExxonMobil a $ 2 million fine.
    It is clear that I do not want to choose at all. And now, businessmen from the first hundred of the Forbes list - anonymously, of course - complain to the media that they do not understand how to behave. On the one hand, The Bell wrote back in October, entrepreneurs are already trying to reach out to the US authorities - but there were no explanations, lobbyists also can not help. On the other hand, businessmen are looking for ways to minimize public contacts with Putin: as told Reuters, surrounded by an oligarch who took part in all of Putin’s profile meetings, all events involving the president were excluded from the businessman’s schedule for the next six months. And there are several such oligarchs, Reuters writes.
  14. Brushing
    Brushing 4 December 2017 16: 30
    Quote: Siberian barber
    ... so themselves and to blame!))
    They are ready to take even scum, if only they were bringing money)) Here is a rabble from thieves and scammers (such as "businessmen") and gushes away from the crime scene. For love, to the "victims of the regime", you also have to pay, not just cut coupons) )))

    So they take theirs and take !!! hi

    Anglo-Saxons for centuries plundered other countries .... pirates served the kings at the official level ...))))
  15. Commander
    Commander 4 December 2017 16: 48
    Complete nonsense in the article. For the British, Russians, Ukrainians, Poles, Czechs, and anyone else will never be their elite. Not for that, they have been cutting lawns in the right way for centuries at Eton and Harrow. For the excessive, in the opinion of the present British elite, proximity to the Americans and flirting with the Germans, they were not afraid of Edward 8 to force him to abdicate - and here are a bunch of miserable thieves. It is clear that these are sheep on the farm - they fed up fat on other people's pastures, the time will come - they will go to the slaughterhouse. And that the hair is sheared is 100%. They pay taxes to the royal treasury not as good as the example than ours. And who is not so clean - will be on the bunk, Karimov’s schedule will tell you. The fact that they are allowed to settle in London and buy up dilapidated castles should not be deceived by "our" oligarchs. The British system of education and reproduction of the elite is very effective and almost the best in the world. But the best is for Britain, a country with a long tradition of pirate and drug trafficking. It is not petty crooks who are lucky to steal hundreds of millions who are allowed into the real elite, but firstly, people of a completely different intellectual level, and secondly, sincerely devoted to Britain. Moreover, generations of their descendants in the service of their empire need to prove the right to be admitted to the table, and not just buy a couple of mansions with stolen money and wait for an invitation to Buckingham Palace.
    1. iouris
      iouris 4 December 2017 21: 36
      Quote: Commander
      and not just buy a couple of mansions with stolen money and wait for an invitation to Buckingham Palace.

      Well, waiting for an invitation is useless to them, and the money stolen from the destroyed USSR, palaces and personal property will remain in England. The fact that the current owners are turned up or kicked out is little comfort. During the trial between Berezovsky and Abramovich, all the dirty secrets of the oligarchy leaked and each of them, according to British law, is a criminal who can be left without everything.
  16. Rico1977
    Rico1977 5 December 2017 01: 31
    And the conclusion is simple - to take and divide. And these “rich Russians should be recruited or kicked out. Putin warned five years ago. Now it's too late. Soon you will have such a ball ...
  17. Metlik
    Metlik 6 December 2017 04: 34
    The elite is not a party in a fashionable tavern, these are people who make decisions.