Wallace said the government wanted to build on awareness generated by TV series “McMafia,” currently running on the BBC
. Adapted from Misha Glenny’s nonfiction book, the drama series centers on a London financier entwined with Russian criminals.
Wallace said the series, starring James Norton, was “very close to the truth.”
Russia has been less impressed. The Twitter account of the Russian Embassy in London has dismissed the show’s depiction of Britain as “a playground for Russian gangsters.