Liam Fox.

It seems the Tories are more closely connected with Communism (or at least, formerly Communist states) than Labour.

What else are we to infer from the proliferation of allegations connecting the Conservatives with Russia and other former Soviet states including Azerbaijan and Ukraine?

I hope someone’s keeping track of all these claims; it will be interesting to see how many of them stick.

Allegations [have been made] about financial links between two Conservative MPs and former Soviet states sympathetic to Vladimir Putin aired during a foreign affairs select committee hearing.

The Conservative chair, Tom Tugendhat, called for an inquiry into the role of corrupt Russian money in the British economy in the wake of the poisoning of the Russian double agent Sergei Skripal in Salisbury.

During the evidence session, Oliver Bullough, a journalist and author of books on Russian corruption, pointed to the fact that the trade secretary [Liam Fox] had been paid £5,700 for the Azerbaijani translation rights for his book plus more than £3,500 to attend the launch.

He then added that [former culture secretary John] Whittingdale had accepted £3,000 to fly to Vienna. “I do not know how you spend £3,000 to fly to Vienna,” he said. The money, Bullough said, came from a Ukrainian oligarch’s foundation at the time he was battling extradition to the US on a FBI indictment.

Source: Senior Tory MPs accused of accepting money from former Soviet states | Politics | The Guardian


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