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Sun Dec 22, 2019, 10:53 PM

Johnson visit to Lebedev party after victory odd move for 'people's PM'

Source: The Guardian

Johnson visit to Lebedev party after victory odd move for 'people's PM'

PM mingled with Russian elite amid claims of Moscow interference in UK politics

Luke Harding and Dan Sabbagh
Sun 22 Dec 2019 15.25 GMT
Last modified on Mon 23 Dec 2019 00.30 GMT

It was the equivalent of a V-sign cheerfully flashed at his critics. The day after his landslide election victory, Boris Johnson and his girlfriend Carrie Symonds dropped into a caviar-fuelled Christmas party in London hosted by former KGB agent Alexander Lebedev and his son Evgeny.

During the campaign Johnson had stubbornly refused to publish the Russia report, written by the last parliament’s intelligence and security committee.

Its contents have still not been revealed. But it is understood to examine the extent of Moscow influence on British politics – and the way in which the Russian elite has established a powerful lobby in the UK through lavish expenditure and networking.

The Lebedev family insist that they are merely entrepreneurs and media proprietors. Nonetheless, the party – held to celebrate Alexander’s 60th birthday – was a practical demonstration of how extensive their connections are, stretching all the way to Downing Street.

Johnson was one of several top politicians who turned up to the event, held at the Lebedev family’s £6m stuccoed mansion overlooking Regent’s Park. Guests included David and Samantha Cameron and George Osborne, now a Lebedev employee as Evening Standard editor. From the Blairite left, Peter Mandelson and Tristram Hunt were also in attendance.

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Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/dec/22/johnson-visit-to-lebedev-party-after-victory-odd-move-for-peoples-pm

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saidsimplesimon Dec 2019 #1

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Mon Dec 23, 2019, 01:39 PM

1. "The Russians are coming."

I posted a warning in the year 2000. The responses from another blog were to point out that this was mere conspiracy theory, nothing to see here.

Vlad is the winner of the cold war. Let's make sure we protect the 2020 election results from tampering. Let's work to remove all those who accepted Russian money from our Congress.

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