Investigation reveals nine Russian business people donating to Conservative Party

A Sunday Times investigation has unveiled nine Russian business people who donated hundreds of thousands of pounds to the Conservative Party.

Earlier this week it was revealed that the party has received a huge surge in cash from Russian donors since Boris Johnson was elected leader.

The party received at least £498,850 from business people and their associates between November 2018 and October 2019.

Threats posed to UK democracy

And now the
first names on the list has been uncovered.

Oligarchs
and other wealthy business people are at the heart of a Russian goldmine that
feeds directly into the Conservative Party.

The nine
people are also thought to have been named in a secret intelligence report on
the threats posed to UK democracy which was suppressed last week by Downing
Street.

Some Russian donors are personally close to the prime minister.

Breaking – 9 Russian businessmen who gave money to the Conservative party are named in a secret intelligence report on the threats posed to UK democracy which was suppressed last week by Downing Street. See tomorrow’s Sunday Times story with @cazjwheeler

— Tom Harper (@TomJHarper) November 9, 2019

Friend” Boris Johnson

Alexander Temerko, who has worked for the Kremlin’s defence ministry and has spoken warmly about his “friend” Boris Johnson, has gifted more than £1.2 million to the Conservatives over the past seven years.

The largest
Russian Tory donor is Lubov Chernukhin, the wife of Vladimir Chernukhin, a
former ally of the Russian president, Vladimir Putin.

She paid £160,000 in return for a tennis match with Johnson and has donated more than £450,000 in the last year alone.

KGB spy

Alexander Lebedev, the former KGB spy in London, is also thought to be of interest to MPs on the ISC.

Lebedev’s son Evgeny invited Johnson when he was foreign secretary to parties at the family’s converted castle near Perugia, Italy.

The future prime minister apparently travelled without the close-protection police officers that normally accompany senior ministers of state during the trip in April 2018.

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