Alexander Temerko Photo: alexandertemerko.co.uk
Businessman Alexander Temerko, who had close ties with the defense Ministry and the security forces in the 1990-ies, donated to the British conservatives over a million pounds over the past eight years. About it writes Reuters.
According to the Agency, in a series of interviews he spoke about his “friend” Boris Johnson, who is a member of the ruling Conservative party and a contender for the post of Prime Minister of the Kingdom. Details about past relationships Temerko, as well as his donations to the British conservatives have become known amid concerns expressed by some members of Parliament over alleged interference of Russia in democratic processes in the UK.
In the conservative party said that all donations in her address properly declared. The press service of the Boris Johnson asked to comment on the information released by Reuters, did not answer. However, the Agency notes that it is not registered as a recipient of donations from Temerko.
Meanwhile, in such a status was one of the leaders of the political campaigns Johnson — Wharton. He received from Temerko 25 thousand pounds in 2013-2015. Wharton is a paid consultant to British energy company Aquind Ltd, which is headed by businessman.
Temerko arrived in the UK in 2005. He said that he left Russia because of the politically motivated criminal case of the YUKOS oil company, where he was a member of the Board. The Russian side has accused him of fraud, but Temerko, all charges were dismissed. He also denies any ties with Russian intelligence agencies, claiming that Russia is persona non grata. Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov said that the businessman is in no way affiliated with the Kremlin.
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