This is well worth reading – as we’re all very interested in the extent of Russian influence on recent democratic decisions like the EU referendum.

If Russians are donating so much money to the Conservative Party, can we ever hope to get answers to the serious questions that are being posed?

As questions swirl around the extent of Russian influence on our democracy… it is important to examine these extremely questionable financial links.

The Chernukhins

Evolve initiated this investigation after discovering that Ms Lubov Chernukhin, the wife of Putin’s former deputy finance Minister – Vladimir Chernukhin, donated a further £160,000 to the Conservatives in the last quarter.

Gerard Lopez

Gerard Lopez is the Chairman of the Board of Rise Capital. Rise is an investment firm that has recently invested in a series of Russian infrastructure projects. These sorts of projects are famously hard to secure without support from the Russian Government. Rise’s managing partner, Sergei Romashov, is understood to be a close ally of Vladimir Putin.

Lopez made a donation of £400,000 to the Conservatives in April of 2016.

Alexander Knaster

Alexander Knaster is a wealthy banker who worked as the chief executive of Russia’s Alfa bank. Knaster was appointed by Mikhail Fridman who was very close to Putin and the Kremlin. Knaster has since maintained his connections with Alfa Bank. His new company Pamplona manages a $1.5billion investment on their behalf.

Knaster has donated £405,000 to the Conservatives since 2010. He also donated £50,000 to the Tory “No to AV” Campaign.

Source: EXCLUSIVE: Super-rich Putin Cronies have given £1.8MILLION to the Tories since 2010 | Evolve Politics

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