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04 Oct 21 15:10
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As Adrian Mole might have sung

Here's what we've learned today:

Former oil executive Victor Fedotov, whose companies have backed 34 Conservative MPs, made millions from an allegedly corrupt Russian pipeline deal. His lawyers say "there is no evidence whatsoever" he behaved improperly

Tory donor Mohamed Amersi, who has given nearly £525,000 to the party since 2018, was involved in one of Europe's biggest corruption scandals. Mr Amersi denies any wrongdoing

PM Boris Johnson says all "donations are vetted in the normal way"

One for you, one for me?

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Report ----you-have-to-laugh--- October 4, 2021 3:26 PM BST
A businessman whose companies have backed 34 Tory MPs made millions from an allegedly corrupt Russian pipeline deal, the leaked Pandora Papers show.

Former oil executive Victor Fedotov owns a firm currently seeking UK government approval for a controversial energy link between the UK and France.
Report ----you-have-to-laugh--- October 4, 2021 11:18 PM BST
The Conservative Party is facing fresh questions about donations made by the wife of a former Russian minister.

Lubov Chernukhin is one of the biggest donors to the Tories, giving more than £1.8m since 2012.

Leaked documents reveal her personal wealth comes from her husband Vladimir. He has been financially linked to people who were close to the Kremlin.

Mrs Chernukhin's lawyers say she is a British citizen and is entitled to do as she wishes with her money.

Her donations to the Conservative Party have given the 48-year-old access to figures at the top of UK government.

Mrs Chernukhin's winning auction bids have seen her play tennis with Boris Johnson and dine with Theresa May, when she was prime minister.

But until now, very little has been known about the Chernukhins' wealth and where it comes from.

The documents in the Pandora Papers leak of internal files and correspondence from offshore financial firms show the couple are linked to a network of 32 companies, three trusts and more than £100m in assets.

The documents indicate that Mrs Chernukhin's wealth comes from her husband, with one email describing her as being "financially supported by her husband", and another as "a housewife".

One document shows Mr Chernukhin's offshore company loaned £4m to his wife's UK company.

The latest revelations follow separate allegations about two businessmen linked to donations to the party.

Profoundly in love with Pandora...
Report shiny new shoes please October 4, 2021 11:39 PM BST
Free oil California Confused
Report casemoney October 5, 2021 12:19 AM BST
Hope u aint overlooked Your main Man TONY BLAIR Donny , 300,000  of Clever avoidance
Report casemoney October 5, 2021 12:20 AM BST
Him and Alien head certainly knew how to cook the books ,Millionaires but still couldn't get enough .
Report ----you-have-to-laugh--- October 5, 2021 12:06 PM BST
One of the biggest revelations in the Pandora Papers leak is how prominent and wealthy people have been legally setting up companies to secretly buy property in the UK.

The documents reveal the secret owners of more than 1,500 UK properties bought using offshore firms.

Successive UK governments have committed to end the secrecy over who owns properties in the country.

Under current rules, only the immediate owner of a property has to be declared. So if you want to hide your name, you can list the owner as a company instead, which is set up in a country with high levels of secrecy. This means there is no way to see who runs the secret company abroad.

The government published draft legislation in 2018 that would change the rules. It would require the name of the ultimate owner to be registered, rather than just the immediate owner.

Last year a ministerial statement said the new law would make it clear that “the UK property market is not a safe haven for dirty money”.

The 2019 Queen’s Speech included a commitment to progress with the legislation. But it is still waiting to be introduced to Parliament.
Report ----you-have-to-laugh--- October 5, 2021 12:09 PM BST
Mikhail Gutseriev – a Russian oligarch who was sanctioned by the UK in August for his close relationship with Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko.

The Pandora Papers reveal that his son owns a multi-million pound office block through a secret offshore company, purchased for more than £40m.

Mr Gutseriev is the founder of Safmar Group, a Russian conglomerate with interests in oil, coal, property and retail.

Why are there sanctions against him?

Following the crackdown on human rights and democracy in Belarus in 2020, the UK and EU have recently brought in sanctions against President Lukashenko, along with Mr Gutseriev and other close associates.

The British government has accused the Belarusian regime of continuing to "crush democracy and violate human rights".

It described Mr Gutseriev as "a prominent Russian businessman who is one of the main private investors in Belarus and a longstanding associate of Alexander Lukashenko". It added that he had "provided support for the government of Belarus, including through use of his business interests".

Mr Gutseriev is no longer involved in Safmar, which is now part-owned by his son, Said, a British citizen.

How has his son responded?

Said Gutseriev's representatives told the BBC he did not have "any business links with his father".

His lavish wedding made headlines in 2016 - it featured performances by Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias and was reported to have cost $1bn.
Report saddo October 5, 2021 12:27 PM BST
First I've heard of this, so I looked up who was behind the selection of leaks, lo and behold
BBC Panorama and the Guardian have led the investigation in the UK. Happy
Report saddo October 5, 2021 12:28 PM BST
First thing that came up when I googled, was a picture of Tony Blair and his Mrs.
Report Whisperingdeath October 5, 2021 12:29 PM BST
Why do you the think the Tories would be in charge of the investigation?

They cannot even protect our borders!
Report Timber October 5, 2021 12:32 PM BST
Jesus wept, is this all they found, a few pennies??
There is literally trillions of untaxed income in mazes of shell companies dotted around the world

This is what a trillion looks like ... for leftards who have no comprehension of numbers
Report Timber October 5, 2021 12:32 PM BST
Report saddo October 5, 2021 12:33 PM BST
There's obviously some leaks more worthy of headlining than others, depends on the politic, it's all subjective.
Report ----you-have-to-laugh--- October 5, 2021 12:35 PM BST
They are all worthy of report.

The bliars have been involved in
in property for a long time.

The son is worth a fortune!
Report ----you-have-to-laugh--- October 5, 2021 12:38 PM BST
Remember 2002,and the flats..

Cherie and Tony Blair face having to sell the two flats in Bristol which they bought only last month because the controversy surrounding the sale has created a security risk.

Mrs Blair had hoped to buy the two flats, costing £265,000 each, in secret. One was to be a home for the Blairs' oldest child, Euan, when he begins his studies at Bristol University. The other would have been rented out to a tenant,
Report sofiakenny October 5, 2021 12:38 PM BST
Pootin got his brexit(weakening EU) and is laughing at us all...complicit tory crooks have helped of course.
Report ----you-have-to-laugh--- October 5, 2021 12:40 PM BST

Report Timber October 5, 2021 12:41 PM BST
Russia Russia Russia, you lefties are hilarious

Amazing how many simpletons think Putin has so much clout
Report saddo October 5, 2021 12:47 PM BST
How about the 2017 number donny. The BBC did a big piece on it, yoou must have missed it.

'Tony and Cherie Blair did not have to pay £312,000 in stamp duty when buying a £6.45m London townhouse, leaked documents show.

The ex-Labour prime minister and his barrister wife bought the property as an office for her business in 2017 by buying the offshore firm that owned it.

Mrs Blair said the sellers had insisted the building was sold in this way but they had brought it under UK control.

She said they would be liable to pay capital gains tax if they sell it.

When the property was put up for sale, the ultimate owners were a family with political connections in Bahrain - but both parties say they did not initially know who they were dealing with.

Mrs Blair said her husband's only involvement in the transaction was that the mortgage for the property used their joint income and capital.'
Report Whisperingdeath October 5, 2021 12:51 PM BST
How about, what about? Lefties?

The Kwality of argument of the forum is depressingly poor and as always from the usual suspects who have nothing of interest to say
Report ----you-have-to-laugh--- October 5, 2021 12:54 PM BST
I didn't miss it, saddo

I've never liked the bliars

Was rather hoping they havnt finnished
on the family Devil
Report saddo October 5, 2021 12:54 PM BST
Balance is needed if political propaganda is all we see. You'd think only one lot was guilty of owt if you only read this thread. The BBC have been rather more balanced tbf.
Report ----you-have-to-laugh--- October 5, 2021 12:58 PM BST
Is Bliar making political donations
to facilitate his actions, I dont
think so, but maybe he is?

Maybe more will come out, they
have so much more stuff to sift
Report ----you-have-to-laugh--- October 14, 2021 2:13 PM BST
Johnson’s luxury Spanish holiday villa linked to offshore tax havens

The luxury Marbella villa where Boris Johnson has been staying this week is linked to a number of offshore tax havens, it has emerged.

The Spanish estate – with two swimming pools, organic farm and private woodland – has been lent to the prime minister by environment minister Zac Goldsmith.

But documents seen by the Guardian indicate that the villa has been held by an opaque offshore structure based in several tax havens.

They suggest that Goldsmith and his family may have owned the property through a Maltese company held by firms in Turks and Caicos – and administered by a wealth planning company in Switzerland.
Report Giuseppe October 14, 2021 2:16 PM BST
what is the point of the above post?
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