Witanhurst, London’s largest private home, owned by a Russian fertilizer magnate.
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By Linda Kinstler
March 26, 2016

It’s called the Kleptocracy Tour. Organized by a coalition of anticorruption think tanks and NGOs, London’s newest bus tour rolls past the opulent homes of under-the-radar oligarchs living in (or at least investing in) splendorous British properties.

Tourists onboard can take pictures of the Witanhurst mansion, valued at an estimated $450 million, owned by fertilizer baron Andrey Guryev. Or the $16 million apartment in Whitehall Court owned by Russian deputy prime minister Igor Shuvalov. According to Putin antagonist Alexei Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation, the apartment costs approximately 100 times Shuvalov’s official annual salary.

Other stops are more mysterious. There are 36,000 properties in London that are registered to offshore companies. According to Transparency International, one in 10 buildings in Westminster, the political heart of the city, has an owner whose identity is concealed.

The tour’s creator, anticorruption activist Roman Borisovich, started the initiative after futilely campaigning for a public registry documenting the ultimate beneficial owners of London’s offshore companies. His aim, he says, is not just to call out oligarchs but also “to shine the light on those businessmen who derive their fortunes from [them].” Up next? He’s taking the operation to Miami and New York.

A version of this article appears in the April 1, 2016 issue of Fortune.


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