Date: Tuesday 9th November 2021
Time: 13:00
Venue: Remote - Registration Required

Ben Keith will be a guest panelist at Chatham House's 9th of November 2021 event: How do Eurasian Kleptocracies earn and use their money?

This event explores the presence of corrupt funds from Eurasia in Western democracies, what they are used for, and how they can be constrained.

The Pandora Papers once again shone the spotlight on the UK being home to corrupt funds from kleptocracies, where the ruling elite abuse their political power for private gain. In recent years much focus has been placed on this term, and the possible effects such money could have on Western democracies. But how do such states create this wealth in the first place? How do these funds make their way to the UK? Is the term kleptocracy appropriate for the majority of countries in Eurasia? What evidence is there that such funds are ‘weaponised’ to achieve foreign policy goals?


  • Ben Keith, Barrister, 5SAH Chambers
  • Thomas Mayne, Visiting Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House
  • Isobel Koshiw, Investigative journalist
  • Oliver Bullough, Contributor to the Guardian and author of Moneyland: Why Thieves and Crooks Now Rule the World and How to Take It Back

For more detail including how to register vist the Chatham House website by clicking the link here.

Ben Keith is a leading barrister specialising in Extradition and International Crime, as well as dealing with Immigration, Serious Fraud, and Public law. He has extensive experience of appellate proceedings before the Administrative and Divisional Courts, Criminal and Civil Court of Appeal as well as applications and appeals to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) and United Nations.

He is ranked in Chambers and Partners as a band 1 leader in the field of Extradition at the London Bar and in the Legal 500 as a Tier 1 leading individual in international crime and extradition.