Vladimir Putin

After Scrapbook highlighted the case of a £160,000 Tory donation from the wife of a man linked to Vladimir Putin, CCHQ have indicated they have no intention of handing back the cash — despite calling for sanctions on Putin’s circle in the wake of the MH17 disaster:

“All donations to the Conservative Party are fully and transparently declared to the Electoral Commission and published on their website.”

With David Cameron due to give a statement on MH17 developments at 3:30pm, perhaps he can explain why the Conservative Party is still accepting donation from the family of Vladimir Chernukhin, a man repeatedly described as a protégé of Vladimir Putin. His CV explains why …

  • Foreign trade ministry of USSR and the Russian Federation (1986-1996)
  • Deputy Minister of Finance of the Russian Federation (2000-2002)
  • Appointed director of Russia’s flag-carrying airline Aeroflot in 2002
  • Chairman of Russia’s state development bank (2002 to 2004)
  • Received the Order of Honour from Vladimir Putin in 2004

Other state-controlled bodies on which Chernukhin served as a director include the shipping giant Sovcomflot, and Russian Agricultural Bank.

And while has been a “private investor” since 2004, a more recent business appointment could suggest that London-based Chernukhin is still welcomed in Kremlin-linked circles. He served as a non-executive director of Polyus Gold International Limited for a short period in 2013, nominated to the board by billionaire Zelimkhan Mutsoev.

Mutsoev is a member of the Russian state duma (parliament) and deputy chair of the foreign relations committee — for Putin’s party, United Russia.

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