A prominent Kremlin critic has warned that incoming Prime Minister that they must ban all Russian visas in the interest of national security because Vladimir Putin has “thousands” of supporters who are based in London.
Andrey Sidelnikov, who was a former associate of the former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko who was murdered in London in 2006 warned that if the British government sit back and do nothing then he fears “bombs will come to London too.”
The former KGB associate is strongly urging the next Prime Minister to close the Russian embassy in London. In May he told Boris Johnson to impound the property and bank accounts of emigrants who have unexplained wealth.
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He advised Johnson that those who have connections with the Russian embassy in London along with ties to pro-Putin oligarchs should be kicked out of the UK except those who have political asylum.
Sidelnikov previously said, “We know those people who are living here and there are no sanctions on them.”
He added, “They are trying to corrupt British society.”
The activist, who leads the London-based opposition movement Speak Up, said, “All of us who were born in Russia, with a Russian passport, it is our fault the war is going on now and we can’t do anything to stop it.
“A lot of Putin’s supporters live abroad, for a long period I have known in London, for example, there are thousands of supporters.
“Officially they change their mind and say they are against the war, but it is not true – most of them are just protecting their money and rich, good western life.
“They say they have changed their mind, but they just want to save their criminal money.”
Sidelnikov, who lives in the UK under political asylum added, “We see the governments of the West can’t understand if there is a good or bad Russian – maybe it is better to stop visas.
“Anyone who has one in the UK needs to be looked at more closely by the Home Office.”
He added, “I know a lot of people who have a Russian passport and a UK passport – before February 14, they supported the Russian embassy and the Russkiy Mir Foundation.”
The Guardian reported in May that Sidelnikov said British solicitors and financiers who help those corrupt Russian emigrants should face tough legal penalties.
He added, “In the future, it must be a criminal offence to have relations with Russians who are supporting the fascist regime.”
He did warn there is a danger that such action could start Russophobia in the UK.
He said, “The problem is that there are so [many] Russian citizens who supported Putin’s criminal regime. It’s very difficult to find them because it’s thousands, not 10 or 100, or 700.
“The Russian community is very angry about what I’m saying because so many of them have some links with Putin’s regime.”
He is strongly urging the government to close the Russian embassy in London and “close all relationships with Russia.”
Sidelnikov said added, “Now the British Government must cooperate with other countries and look with the EU.
“I hope the new Government in September will check all the sanctions and must do more.
“They must close the Russian embassy here in London. All the people working there – not most – are not diplomats, they work for the security service.
“It is time to close all relationships with Russia and all visas banned.
“Most of the Russian companies must be closed too.”
Sidelnikov concluded, “You can’t have deals with a fascist country, Russia is a fascist country.
“If Putin wins in Ukraine he will head west, Poland and the Baltic countries will be first but bombs will come to London too.
“The government must make more sanctions and close every hole where Putin’s supporters of Russia could hide.”