Why would wealthy Russians invest in the U.K rather than their own nation?
Black and white? That's what rational places do ie grey areas and middles grouns acceptance, do Russia and say Saudi? They thrive on black and white, dogma and legalisation.
Discretionary measures are far slimmer abroad than here unless you have money, that's the maturity of a democracy.
Have you ever actually interacted with Russians Barry? At work or sociably?
If you had then you'd know have daft your first line is.
EVERY Russian passport holder I have met or interacted with is aware deep down that Russia could slip back to the dark days in the blink of an eye. While the Communist Party has gone, it has been replaced by the "wealthy elite" (ie mafia) and the minions are still at the bottom of the pile.
The motivation to invest outside of Russia or to join a Multi-National is so that they can firstly get Residency outside of Russia and then find a way to qualify for Citizenship and a passport.
Every facet of the "State System" makes life difficult for the Russians, renewing passports, National ID cards, "Social Security" are all thereto remind "the people" of their place.
The retort is "but there is a wealthy middle class" the answer is that they are only wealthy due to privilege or they knew the right person to bribe.
Yes I have and do know, your point is? I don't disagree by the way.