Tuesday, December 4, 2018

The Secret Connection between Philip May, Arron Banks, Russia and the £3m Russian Donations to the Tories

For investigative researchers and journalists who are prepared to look, Brexit is a gift that keeps on giving. For ordinary people, small businesses and everyone else, Brexit is the curse that keeps on stinging.





Of the many connections which Brexit has revealed is the vast financial shadow of the organisation which Theresa May's husband Philip is employed by. The US Investment fund, Capital Group, a $2 trillion fund has the following holdings.

* Facebook $17 billion
* Russian Companies $2billion (including sanctioned Sberbank, Lukoil, Yandex, Alrosa, Gazprom, Aeroflot)
* JP Morgan £3 billion
* Philip Morris $3 billion
* Arch Capital Group Ltd $514m  - investment in Watford RE Bermuda with a link to Somerset Bridge https://www.insuranceage.co.uk/broker/3152791/arron-banks-eldon-launches-somerset-bridge-mga








We can see that Philip May is therefore financially benefiting from investment into Arron Banks Somerset Bridge based in Bermuda and also investments in Russian companies such as Sberbank and Alrosa linked to the offer to Banks made via the Russian Ambassador which was researched by Banks then referred to his business partner Jim Mellon, whose company Charlemagne Capital then took up and profited by the offer. The ending of sanctions on Russia would see substantial profits for those trading with Russia or with Russian holdings. 


Questions must surely be asked about a conflict of interest and declarations of interest by Theresa May and Philip May as to the motives of Capital World in it's investments in Russia, Arron Banks and Facebook given the role of these three parties in subverting the EU Referendum Result.

Questions too, about Theresa May's failure as Home Secretary to ensure that Arron Banks was prevented from becoming the main backer of political party UKIP in 2014 and then Leave EU in 2015 and 2016. How a man with documented Russian links was able to become the largest political donor in British history is a colossal failure in MI5's history. Not surprising however given than 82% of MI5 budget is focused on Islamist terrorism, and only 18% on Hostile states like Russia, Another curious item is the early retirement of GCHQ Head Robert Hannigan in January 2017, six days after Donald Trump became US President. It has been suggested that GCHQ had been asked to bug the Trump Campaign's links to Russia and that Hannigan was collateral damage offered up by Theresa May. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/apr/13/british-spies-first-to-spot-trump-team-links-russia

It is also worth noting that since 2010, the Conservative Party has received £3m in political donations from Russian sources. Including a donation after the Skipal attack.


Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Arron Banks, Ural Properties, St Kitts and the Ukraine/Moscow Connection

As a result of the BBC Interview on the Marr Show and documents submitted by Leave EU to the BBC, a BBC Newsnight investigation has revealed that a company called Ural Properties has been linked to the question of the source of Leave EU funds used during the Brexit Campaign.




Our own investigation have raised questions on whether Leave EU overspent by £4m during the Referendum campaign based on submissions to the Electoral Commission and Company Accounts from Better for the Country Limited filed at Companies House.

Arron Banks asserts in the BBC Marr interview that no Russian Money was used in the Referendum, yet his business partners all have either solicited Russian money or accepted Russian Clients/Investments. Jim Pryor - Business Partner in company Chartwell Political Ltd has Russian Clients listed on his Company website RebelFlame PR.


His Business Partner Jim Mellon has via Charlemagne Capital - a company he controlled in 2016 - investments in Russian Companies. He took up the offer of a sweetheart deal in Alrosa, offered to Banks via the Russian Ambassador.



URAL PROPERTIES LTD

The Company Ural Properties may have a connection to a Company based in St Kitts and Nevis established in 2015 which can be found on the ICIJ Database of Offshore Leaks from the Paradise and Panama Papers.


The Company was established by Passport for Cash Intermediary NTL Trust Limited which has offices in Latvia and Hong Kong and welcomes high net worth individuals from Russia.


Arron Banks business partner Alan Kentish runs STM Group based in Gibraltar, Malta, Jersey who facilitated a St Kitts and Nevis passport for a Ukrainian politician and Banker Viacheslav Suprunenko with Kremlin connections who was wanted by Interpol.

https://www.source-material.org/blog/brexit-s-offshore-secrets



Whilst it cannot at this stage be shown that Ural Properties Ltd is connected to Suprunenko, his passporting to St Kitts arranged by STM and STM role in the Gibraltar Ural Properties suggest a connection which merit investigation.



It is to be hoped that the NCA will be able to see if bank transfers from the Ukraine to St Kitts, BVI and then Gibraltar and IOM were a money trail used to fund Brexit. Suprunenko runs Will of the people party in Ukraine with his brother Alexander and both are directors of Ukrainian Asvi Bank

https://ukropnews24.com/the-mp-has-received-more-than-17-million-dividend-in-july/

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Arron Banks Russian Business Links

Andrew Marr just interviewed Brexit Donor Arron Banks. Banks very first statement which was not scrutinised was "I have no Russian Business links" and "No Russian money was used in the Campaign".




Banks is about to be subject to a National Crime Agency probe which can look at his many companies across the world. Here is a list of just a few, including four in the secret tax haven of the British Virgin Islands, the location of choice for Russian Mafia money.




Banks has a number of friends and business associates, some like Elizabeth Bilney have been referenced in the probe, but many like Jim Pryor in South Africa, his friend Andy Wigmore in Oxfordshire/Switzerland and Jim Mellon in the Isle of Man. 

JIM PRYOR
James Pryor co-owns a Political Consultancy Chartwell Political Ltd with Banks, where Bilney works. Pryor also runs a PR Agency called Rebel Flame Ltd which boasts of Russian Clients. Pryor acts as general fixer for Banks in South Africa -especially in Lesotho and in Diamonds. Pryor once worked in Sierra Leone for a controversial Diamond merchant.





ANDY WIGMORE

It was Andy Wigmore as revealed in Bank's Boastful tell-all book "Bad Boys of Brexit" that first met "Oleg" Alexander Udod - Russian Spy at the UKIP Conference in Doncaster in 2015. Wigmore asked the Russian spy/banker to invest into a Belizean banana Farm business run by a distant relative of his, who was subject to US sanctions because he was on a DEA Drug Baron List, (which Wigmore was able to square with US via his diplomatic connections). This conversation became an invite for  meeting with the Russian Ambassador in London for Banks, his Russian wife Katya and Wigmore. Bank's wife wisely baled but Banks and Wigmore who took a bottle of Belizean rum spent six hours discussing Brexit and UK & US politics with Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko. 




JIM MELLON

British Billionaire Investment Wizard Jim Mellon made his fortune in Russia. His Charlemagne Capital Group took up the offer made to Banks of sweetheart deal with Alrosa which Banks told him about and investigated. As business partner in Isle of Man Conister Bank - Mellon supported Brexit 




Thursday, October 25, 2018

Two Submissions from Leave EU Campaign that show undisclosed £4m spend during April and May 2016

That the Electoral Commission Fined - Leave EU £70,000 for a series of criminal breaches of Electoral Law is beyond dispute. They discovered £77,000 of undisclosed and excess expenditure not permitted under the 2016 Electoral Campaign. They recommended Criminal investigation by the Metropolitan Police, and sent a file of evidence which to date has not happened.

Our own investigation has discovered two documents from the Leave EU Campaign which point to a £4 million campaign spend during April and May 2016, which would constitute a collosal breaking of electoral law and would have swung the closely fought campaign in Leave's favour. This has not been investigated, although the electoral commission thought the £77,000 overspend could have been considerably more.


The First document is the Company accounts posted by Better for the Country Limited which provided services to the Leave EU Campaign, this declared over £12 million of services provided in the year to May 31st 2016. The response from the Leave EU campaign that this expenditure was all prior to the embargo period of 31st March 2016. However the Leave EU submission to the Electoral Commission from March 31st 2016 shows £8 million of expenditure. So there is £4 million of services provided by Better for the Country Ltd from April and May 2016 which doesn't appear to be declared.
Given the maximum permitted spend was £700,000 which had already been exceeded, this is significant and appears to be uninvestigated  by the Electoral Commission






Sunday, September 30, 2018

Brexit : Leave EU's Secret £12 million overspend ?





The Electoral Commission carried out an investigation into Leave.EU and fined the Campaign Group £70,000 for Breaking Electoral Law during the 2016 EU Referendum for seriously overspending it's £700,000 cap by over £77,000 and possibly considerably more.



https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-44080096

This was the MAXIMUM fine allowed for FOUR offences.

The Companies House Return Accounts for Better for the Country Limited which provided services for Leave.EU included information that in 2016 to the tune of £12,392,298, with a further £611,184 in 2017 after the EU Referendum.

Surely this expenditure by Leave EU for services - the value of IT provision, facilities, employees time carried out by Arron Banks Companies should have been reported and declared to the Electoral Commission.



Source : https://document-api-images-prod.s3.eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/docs/bSROg4X22qhvwiCojd5go7zOwiz7UNKmhR32aFMCTaM/application-pdf?X-Amz-Algorithm=AWS4-HMAC-SHA256&X-Amz-Content-Sha256=UNSIGNED-PAYLOAD&X-Amz-Credential=ASIAWRGBDBV3FLZRNRUM%2F20180930%2Feu-west-1%2Fs3%2Faws4_request&X-Amz-Date=20180930T211000Z&X-Amz-Expires=60&X-Amz-Security-Token=FQoGZXIvYXdzEML%2F%2F%2F%2F%2F%2F%2F%2F%2F%2FwEaDAHHdTIiMVBvZA5EryK3A3bXfgXzf5hcwtiFVSaIFvts0kbl%2BiSn5sNAD7%2B1H5Yfk8gfAen3%2FnqDyN7eR%2Bc879%2BQRhETLH4qSw9IzKgGB3s8HM1hGg%2BonJ%2Bnb8Ikdym9wzBIG2j8veFwllpFHqO%2Bv4EMRZgsYdjX%2Ftv86i19EvbNJgVZlBheMSA%2FcT2I4DPvw%2BLZAfFlZxpuyCeDmHNXMOVlGsL0V2IBJ%2BnNtdfH%2F83CP36rxOhGyTp7EfbGOutN8cZEwqBf5dYqsz%2F0gvBEiXRu151wjvDDqzzXSzhtI9Fa%2FxA2fVywcSC4SSmwrhhrkb%2FjB11O568s87N60ZcPAHyP324uGEhjE6ZC%2BmH5s3ivBR%2Ft36W%2FPBtX1vm50SqJTyNUp2Ne7IQX8J6rqMNWY1L7AelirZPgLmOleWw4a7PN0AZ8y0ZzFnJfGVkN%2BokM0kj33UK8fqa%2Bdy54t6YStegD3Fz%2BbIBIOJQzAL6gzSGGSnAy6ClHQxFtYv%2B3aFAtDLCik4Ylk9zEXjbOnCO6YGWJ7cyU4ydUxYdaqsgublQNby5Rv30NLjOxGqJiRosOivSotAGrnkzQIP1qP2TF3iVfU8%2FehEooq%2BzD3QU%3D&X-Amz-SignedHeaders=host&X-Amz-Signature=016b9fc5550a1de393e344e6428e549d724de9883253363773cd7c1e6aeed773

In November 2017 The Electoral Commission announced an investigation into donations to Leave EU from Better for the Country Ltd

https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/journalist/electoral-commission-media-centre/party-and-election-finance-to-keep/electoral-commission-statement-regarding-better-for-the-country-limited-and-mr-arron-banks

In the May 2018 Electoral Commission Statement - the £12m spending is not mentioned.
https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0018/243009/Report-on-Investigation-Leave.EU.pdf

If we put £12 million of expenditure on services in perspective this is nearly double the permitted combined EU Referendum Campaign Spends by Vote Leave and Britain Stronger in Europe Official Campaigns, and is the same amount as the entire Labour Party Election Spend at the 2010 General Election.



Given that the winning margin for Leave was just 1.9 %, a £12 million overspend by Leave EU in conjunction with Better for the Country Limited would completely drive a coach and horses through Election Laws and would taint the entire Referendum result. Yet it appears this huge overspend has not been investigated by the Electoral Commission since 2016.

Given Better for the Country Limited filed accounts for 2016/7 on March 6th 2018 with Companies House , this evidence may not have been available during the 2017 Investigation.

Don't forget that spending on services which are used during the campaign even if paid for before and after must be included .


Investigation Brexit and Russia

Investigation : Brexit - The Russian & Far Right Connections

Posted by Libdemfightback on Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Arron Banks - The Businessman who made the biggest political donation in history and bankrolled the Leave EU Campaign. Recent investigative journalism has found out how he met secretly with Russian Officials including the Russian Ambassador eleven times in the run up to Brexit and after. Thanks to the Russian Ambassador Banks was offered preferential investments by Russian companies in Gold Mines and Diamond Mines. His business partner alleges in Court documents in South Africa that he sought Russian investors in a Diamond Bond. Banks denies taking Russian money or doing business with Russia but has struggled to account for the source of his wealth especially the millions donated to Leave EU which swung the narrow victory for Brexit.



Banks Second Wife,Katya Banks was investigated by Special Branch it was reported in the Times as a suspected Russian Spy in 1998. Banks made fun of his wife's suspected espionage at every occasion,joking of MFI, 007 Number plates and posing with fellow Brexiteers Ashcroft and Wigmore as Spectre Spies.




She came to the UK in 1995 as a Marketing Student at Portsmouth University, she was posing topless on a Portsmouth Beach when she was seen by a 54 year old ex-Merchant Seaman in Portsmouth, Eric Butler.




Ekaterina Paderina was 25 years old, daughter of a Senior Russian Civil Servant from the closed City of Ekaterinberg, who had studied at the Sorbonne in Paris and could fluently speak six languages. She was according to her later husband Butler trained in Self-defence.



 Paderina married Butler for a passport, and then coming under investigation by the immigration authorities for a sham marriage sought the help of local Liberal Democrat MP Mike Hancock.
Portsmouth Erstwhile MP Hancock chairman of the Defence Select Committee seems to have become a target to Russian Intelligence. His Young Aide Katia Zuleter was deported under suspicion of espionage.


Butler claimed to have caught his wife Paderina in a compromising position with Hancock at his house. The marriage broke down, Paderina was charged but not convicted of Actual Bodily Harm for a physical assault against Butler. He did not press charges, but the Times reported his friends claim he was threatened by a local Russian named Trifinov and fled the UK.



Butler divorced Paderina but not before Hancock had secured a visa for her from the Immigration Minister Roche. A Flat in Portsmouth overlooking the Naval Base was obtained from the council for the Young Single mother Paderina-Butler who now gave Butler a son in 2000. Seven Months later Paderina-Butler was at the same London VIP Event (possibly as a Hostess) as Divorced Multi-millionaire Insurance Tycoon Arron Banks, they married in 2001. Despite moving into Bank's Gloucestershire home, Katya Banks continued to hold onto the Flat in Portsmouth until 2008. Arron Banks became a Russo-Phile and visited Russia in 2013, 2014, 2015 and according to the Observer in 2016. He maintains he has no Russian business links. He is however a friend to Russian Ambassador Yakovenko, expelled Russian Spy/Banker Alexander Udod & Kremlin linked head of Alrosa Siman Povarenkin.


He co-owns Conister Bank in the Isle of Man with Billionaire Brexiteer Jim Mellon who has extensive Russian investments. Meanwhile Eric Butler testified in Court against Mike Hancock & backed Banks views over Brexit.



In 2016 Eric Butler posted his support for far right groups supporting Brexit including British Freedom and Knights Templar International along with praise for Vladimir Putin. http://powerbase.info/index.php/Knights_Templar_International He may have been a member of Knights Templar International. Many of these Far Right Groups have Russian links and sponsorship pushing fear and hatred of Immigrants. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-43924702






Arron Banks friend and fundraiser for Nigel Farage was arrested by the FBI and imprisoned for money laundering, had extensive Banking links to Russian Banks like Alfa Bank https://georgecottrell.wordpress.com/



Questions also exist about the Far Right links of Neo-Nazi Terrorist who brutally murdered Remain supporting Labour MP Jo Cox during the EU Referendum Campaign. http://powerbase.info/index.php/Springbok_Club  Arron Banks commissioned a poll during the campaign to see if Cox's Murder had swung opinion against Leave.


Sources : https://www.facebook.com/eric.butler.589    London Times, Sunday Times, Daily Mail, The Guardian, 

Investigation : Brexit - The Russian Connection

Posted by libdemfightback on Wednesday, September 12, 2018
It is now widely known that the Trump Victory in the US Presidential Election was as a result of Active Measures from the Russian GRU, who hacked Hilary Clinton's Emails. The Parliamentary Select Committee has made the following remarks in relation to Leave EU, Arron Banks and Russia following testimony to parliament.




In Part two of our investigation into the Russian Links of Brexit Funder Arron Banks, we put into the public domain questions raised about Arron Banks  & his Russian Wife Katya, and her first husband Portsmouth Merchant Seaman, Eric Butler. We believe that the Russian Ambassador Alexander Vladimirovich Yakovenko brought Arron Banks wife into the Brexit Debate by inviting her to attend the infamous 6 hour Brexit meeting at the Russian Embassy on November 6th 2015. She chose not to attend but the invitation highlights her role in the background of events and connections with Russia that saw Banks visit Russia in 2013,2014,2015 and allegedly 2016. Given the invitation came via expelled Intelligence Officer Alexander Udod, this merits many questions. In his book Bad Boys of Brexit - Arron Banks gives this information :






The Times revealed Emails showing the Email Trail https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/the-email-trail-how-arron-banks-and-andy-wigmore-were-cultivated-fg7tjd87l






Banks claims that he did not progress the Russian investment offers in Gold and Diamonds. In the Same way that Leave EU said they did not contract Cambridge Analytica to work for Leave EU, however Brittany Kaiser of CA is reported to have said that she estimated that CA did £40,000 of preparatory work free of charge which was not declared by Leave EU to the Electoral Commission. Banks is a major shareholder in Oakwell Capital which he said investigated the Offers of Investment in Alrosa. Jim Mellon, co-owner of Conister Bank is said to have made investments in Alrosa via his Charlemagne Capital.
 We can now reveal more information on what Eric Butler alleged about his ex-wife, her connection to ex-Lib Dem MP Mike Hancock and how Butler alleged she kept a flat overlooking Portsmouth Naval Base six years after moving in with Arron Banks.





In 2011 Butler testified in the Hancock Smear trial, when a rival election candidate made false allegations against Hancock. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-12559665.





Following our investigation on September 4th 2018, highlighting Eric Butler's support for Far Right pro-Russian propaganda in 2016 for Knights Templar International and Lionheart GB - both identified by Anti-Fascist researchers as fronts for Britain First - on September 9th Facebook took all pages of these organisations off their site.

http://irbf.org.uk/facebook-removes-all-jim-dowson-and-nick-griffins-pages/







Eric Butler's facebook page makes allegations with regards Mike Hancock's connection to Katya Paderina - especially on the flat at 53 Millgate House, overlooking Portsmouth Naval base.




In this posting Butler suggests that influence had been brought to bear on preventing Paderina's deportation, and that the flat has signficance. Given that a report in the Times reported friends of Butler allege that he was intimidated into leaving England after his alleged attack from Paderina. He came back to the UK to discover this flat was registered and Paderina is listed in the electoral roll at this address until 2008.





It is worth noting that in September 2014 Hancock left the Liberal Democrats after a civil action and settlement. It looks certain that he became a target for Russian intelligence.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Hancock_(British_politician)



Paderina's arrival in England in 1995, marrying a British Citizen for a passport and then being imbroiled in the Hancock Spy Scandal mirrors the Anna Chapman Russian Spy Scandal in the same year. Anna Vasil’yevna Kushchyenko daughter of a KGB officer in Zimbabwe came to the UK after meeting a British DJ, she then met the young Alex Chapman at a Docklands Nightclub, married him and is suspected of running a London Spy Ring before she moved to New York and did the same there. Anna Chapman was identified by the FBI and was swapped in a Spy Swap for Sergei Skripal. She was supposedly betrayed by Russian Col. Alexander Poteyev. It is worth noting that her husband Alex Chapman died in mysterious circumstances in 2016, the same year as Poteyvev reportedly died in the USA, and that Skipal was subject to attempted assasination by Officers of the Russian GRU in 2018 using Novichok Nerve Agent in Salisbury.



Given the allegations of Direct support and indirect funding of Brexit from Russia, this matters. Given Special Branch and MI5's concern over Paderina, her connection to an MP being targeted by Russian Intelligence and then the involvement in Brexit - Russia's long term Foreign Policy goal, this all matters. along with influence on the Businessman and business funding of the man who became the Biggest Political Donor in British History.



 As a reminder in 1972, the KGB had an action measure disinformation campaign "Operation English Channel" to prevent UK entry into the EEC.




Next week we will publish more information and questions surrounding Leave EU breaking Electoral Law having been fined £70,000 by the Electoral Commission.