Hudson Institute to Host U.S. Premiere of "From Russia with Cash" Documentary with Cast and Creators

Investigation of corruptly obtained foreign funds in U.K. real estate transactions helped prompt action against international money laundering and shell-company purchases of British property

Dec 10, 2015, 17:19 ET from Hudson Institute

WASHINGTON, Dec. 10, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Hudson Institute's Kleptocracy Initiative will host the premiere of "From Russia with Cash," a U.K. documentary which exposed the British real estate industry's tacit acceptance of corruptly obtained foreign funds. Reaction to the film's initial release prompted the Prime Minister David Cameron's government to make corruption a top priority. On December 15, Hudson Institute, in conjunction with the Newseum Institute and Freedom House, will host the U.S. premiere of "From Russia with Cash." Cast members Natalie Sedletska and Roman Borisovich will attend the premiere – along with Ben Judah, the film's creative consultant and author. Special guest moderator will be Karen Dawisha, author of "Putin's Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia?"

Attending cast and crew will be available for interviews, and members of the press are invited to attend the screening. Please contact Carolyn Stewart at

  • What: U.S. premiere screening of "From Russia with Cash," followed by a discussion with the film's cast and crew.
  • When: December 15, 2015
    • Screening: 3pm
    • Q&A:  4pm
  • Where: The Newseum Institute
    Knight Conference Center
    555 Pennsylvania Ave NW
    Washington, DC 20001
  • Why: The endemic corruption of Britain's real estate industry suggested by "From Russia with Cash" raises clear and obvious questions about the extent to which money-laundering and shell-company property purchases is an issue in the United States – and, if so, what steps American legislators and policymakers should take to redress the problem.
  • Who:
    • Natalie Sedletska, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty investigative reporter, "From Russia with Cash"
      Investigative Journalist and Host, "Schemes: Corruption in Detail"
    • Roman Borisovich, anti-corruption campaigner, "From Russia with Cash"
      Supervisory Board Member, Alexei Navalny's Anti-Corruption Foundation
    • Ben Judah, creative consultant, "From Russia with Cash," and author of "Fragile Empire: How Russia Fell In and Out of Love with Vladimir Putin"
    • Karen Dawisha, moderator
      Author of "Putin's Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia", 202-974-6456 

Hudson Institute is a public policy research organization promoting American leadership and global engagement for a secure, free and prosperous future. Founded in 1961 by strategist Herman Kahn, Hudson Institute challenges conventional thinking and provides practical solutions for key decision makers through interdisciplinary studies in defense, international relations, economics, health care, technology, culture and law. 

Hudson's Kleptocracy Initiative (KI) examines the growing threat posed to Western democracies by corrupt autocratic regimes. KI conducts original research on the financial practices of autocratic governments and their leaders, working to design effective policies aimed at limiting the ability of hostile foreign actors to abscond with national assets and use those assets against both their own citizens and the United States and its allies.


SOURCE Hudson Institute