Sir, Jenni Russell (“Keep Russia’s dirty money out of our schools”, Mar 15) urges banning the children of the Russian super-rich from British private schools. She argues that the open celebration of their wealth undermines existing norms, and that some Russian parents use the fees as an opportunity for moneylaundering. She also debunks “the liberal assumption” that Russian children will be exposed to western values.

I have been an educational consultant for ten years, and placed hundreds of Russian children into UK boarding schools. I always believed that if there was any hope for Russia, it was in the new, British-educated generation. Russian children studying in England learn to question, analyse, compare and form their own opinions. Precisely the skills that the Russian government does…