Officials have arrested a wealthy Russian man in London on suspicion of money laundering.
The National Crime Agency said officers arrested the unnamed man, 58, at his multi-million-pound residence in London,
The NCA added he is suspected of conspiracy to defraud the Home Office and conspiracy to commit perjury.
Officers from the NCA’s Combatting Kleptocracy Cell also arrested two others following a major operation.
The second 35-year-old man was an employee at the premises arrested nearby on suspicion of money laundering and obstruction of an NCA Officer.
He was seen leaving the address subject to the operation while holding a bag containing thousands of pounds in cash.
The third man was the 39-year-old former boyfriend of the businessman’s current partner.
He was arrested at his home in Pimlico, London, for money laundering and conspiracy to defraud.
The agency said more than 50 officers helped conduct the operation at the businessman’s property.
They seized digital devices and cash after conducting extensive searches.
The three men arrested have seen been released on bail.
Graeme Biggar, Director General of the NCA, said it the agency’s new cell has seen “significant success” since it was first established earlier this year.
He said: “The NCA’s Combatting Kleptocracy Cell, only established this year, is having significant success investigating potential criminal activity by oligarchs, the professional service providers that support and enable them and those linked to the Russian regime.
“We will continue to use all the powers and tactics available to us to disrupt this threat.”