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
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.