Alec Marsh

What the flight of Russian money means for the London property market

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Ever since the early 2000s, London’s luxury property market has been the preserve of foreign investors, many of whom are purported to be Russian. In Chelsea, Highgate and Hampstead, streets of empty mansions quickly became an inevitable part of city life, while the Russian investment phenomenon was dubbed ‘Londongrad’.

Thanks to the use of myriad offshore companies and ownership structures, and the practice of buying properties in the names of third parties – so called nominee accounts, it is all but impossible to identify the owners of these houses.

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Alec Marsh
Alec Marsh’s latest Drabble & Harris book is Ghosts of the West, published by Headline Accent.

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