Why are the Tories still taking money from donors linked to Russia?

Bosom buddies: Boris Johnson with Russian industrialist Alexander Temerko. Johnson didn’t think there was any reason to investigate Russian influence in UK politics.

And what does it mean for Conservative government policies?

Here’s the Good Law Project with some details:

A year on since Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, we can reveal that the Conservative Party is still receiving large donations from individuals and companies with links to Russia.

Since the start of the war in 2022, the Conservatives have accepted at least £243,000 from Russia-associated donors – including at least £61,000 flowing into Tory coffers in 2023 alone.

Lubov Chernukhin, who has given £175,000 to the Tories since the onset of the Russia-Ukraine war, is a British and Russian citizen married to Vladimir Chernukhin, a former deputy finance minister under Vladimir Putin.

She has given more than £2 million to the Conservative Party in total.

Aquind, a British cabling company controlled by Russian born oil tycoon Viktor Fedotov, has donated £42,000 to the Conservative Party in the past 14 months, including a £10,000 cash donation to Liam Fox.

And Boris Johnson’s old friend Alexander Temerko – an Aquind director – has donated a further £10,000 to the Tories during the same period. He has donated more than 700,000 in total – and, being Ukrainian-British, is said to be a fierce critic of Putin and his regime.

But he’s a director of a company controlled by a Russian. Hmm….

Some of us remember the Tory government’s reluctance (it was headed by Boris Johnson at the time) to impose sanctions on Russian companies when the war with Ukraine broke out.

There was much public concern over whether the Tories have been slow to act because they had taken a fortune in donations from Russians – and people wanted to know what these UK politicians were asked to do in return for that – as they understood it – dirty money.

The government left the question hanging in the air.

And now it seems that, instead of cutting ties with these people from an aggressor nation, the Conservatives have continued to take money from them. And how has that influenced UK government policy?

Source: Revealed: The Tories are still receiving funds from Russia-linked donors – Good Law Project

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3 thoughts on “Why are the Tories still taking money from donors linked to Russia?

  1. Dave Rowlands

    Tories don’t care where the money comes from, to them it’s just money, but every other party would be dragged through the mire for behaving the same way, unless of course it’s the “New” right wing conservative lookalike Blairite labour party run by “Starmerites”.

    The modern “Career Politician” doesn’t worry about how they pay their mortgage for all their homes, they don’t worry about affording their weekly food bill, there is no need to, they can fall back onto the taxpayer to pay for all their needs. We are all in it together, remember that soundbite? What it meant was we will, together, as tax payers subsidise everything they do regardless of who stops subsidising them. What a wonderful life these leeches live, everything they do is subsidised by us, no worries, they care little for us, their image is much more important, they are a sad lot really.

  2. James

    Ukraine, which has never been a nation as such until it emerged as a successor to the artificial construct known as the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, an administrative division of the USSR, has been aggressing – murderously – the ethnic Russians in its eastern part since 2014, for having the temerity to desire self-determination – rather like, for example, Taiwan – or, for two examples closer to home, Wales and Scotland. National borders are not and never have been immutable. I do NOT approve of war, unlike, apparently, the ‘powers-that-be in ‘The West’, but making 2022 Year Zero and totally disregarding what went on before, both in terms of the actions of the western Ukrainian government AND the devious machinations of USAmerica, apparently with the connivance of its gofers in the halls of power in the Western world (including the antipodean part) is nothing short of ignorant. Certain influential sectors of western Ukraine, incidentally, have form going back to WW2 regarding disposing of ethnic Russians. And Jews, in large numbers. The whole thing is a tragedy that could so easily have been avoided by fair dealing in the past.

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