European democracies must understand that they will be next if Ukraine falls to the Russian dictator

SIR – Boris Johnson poses but takes little real action against Russian oligarchs washing their dirty money in London. Most have still not been sanctioned and have time to transfer their assets elsewhere.

The EU has sequestered Russian mega-yachts, while the UK sits idly by watching them weigh anchor and sail to other shores. Almost all of these yachts fly under British flags of convenience, registered in the UK, in the Channel Islands, Cayman Islands or Bermuda.

The Red Duster is overall the most popular flag of convenience. Wouldn’t it be appropriate to cancel their register with the stroke of a pen? These yachts would then not be able to dock in a foreign country without re-registering there and incurring taxes.

Patrick Mathiesen
London NW8

SIR – UEFA allows Belarusian football clubs and national teams to remain in their competitions if they play on neutral territory. Don’t they see the irony of this decision?

Gordon Breslin
Beckenham, Kent

SIR – Graham Underwood (Letters, March 3) suggests that Classic FM not play music by great Russian composers as a sign of solidarity with suffering Ukraine. I remember similar complaints during the last war, when Beethoven and Brahms were mysteriously held responsible by some for Hitler’s abominations.

It is certainly to the great culture of the real Russia that we should turn for redemption from current crimes. And what about composers like Rachmaninoff and Stravinsky, who were exiled from their country when he succumbed to what Churchill rightly called the “filthy baboonery” of Bolshevism?

The Russian people cannot be held responsible for the crimes of a regime that holds them back with terror and lies. I write as a Russian citizen who is fortunate enough to live in England and, like many of my compatriots here and abroad, hates the barbaric actions of the Russian regime in a tortured Ukraine.

Nikolai Tolstoy
Southmoor, Berkshire

SIR – On Thursday I attended a performance of Swan Lake in Covent Garden, with the famous Russian ballerina Natalia Osipova in the lead role.

The facade of the Opera was illuminated in the blue and yellow colors of the Ukrainian flag. Before the performance, the orchestra played the catchy and moving national anthem of Ukraine, for which the entire audience stood. At the end of the performance, a visibly moved Osipova received an extended standing ovation.

It was a demonstration not only of our support for the Ukrainian struggle, but also of our ability to disassociate the Putin regime from the Russian people, who are now suffering from the brutal aims of their leaders.

Let’s listen to the Ukrainian anthem being played all over the country at football matches and other events until this crisis is over. It would be a small but heartfelt act of support along with other more tangible efforts.

Ian Millar
South Stoke, Oxfordshire