UK media is reporting that lobbyists representing “hostile states” such as Russia in China will be forced to publicly register under new laws to be introduced. According to The Times report:
Lobbyists representing hostile states such as Russia and China will be forced to register under new laws set to be introduced by ministers. Those working on behalf of foreign states will have to identify themselves publicly and risk prosecution if they fail to do so. The measures are intended to deter PR companies and legal firms from representing foreign countries that may be intent on harming British interests. The move is part of a wider clampdown on the “London laundromat” — in which money from questionable sources is invested in property and other legitimate assets whose ownership remains obscure — after the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
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In late February, the Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) reported that due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, many US lobbying firms were rushing to cut ties with their Russian clients.