March 2, 2014 by AK
I understand the US has the military capacity to promptly pulverize the Russian Black Sea fleet but Russia is still a nuclear power.
However there is a way to either change Putin’s mind or provoke a coup d’état in Moscow. Identify, expose and freeze as much as possible of the assets held by Russia’s governing elites in the West.
That would require enormous courage from UK politicians. Apart from Switzerland, most major offshore zones are either dominions of the British crown, or UK-friendly like Cyprus. The City of London is also a key nexus for Russian money. UK intelligence will probably have little difficulty getting access to data from the Cayman Islands and the British Virgin Islands, and even from the City, but publicizing it will be highly problematic.
First, it could cause a massive exodus of funds from those jurisdictions. Second, it would expose too many UK politicians as tainted with unsavory Russian connections.
But it’s worth trying.