Brexit-Backing Millionaire Arron Banks Faces Questions Over Kremlin Links

Documents raise new questions about Russian role in Brexit

"It wasn't just the Russians: we met all sorts of nationalities, we also briefed the State Department in Washington, we also met with the top embassy officials in London", he told Reuters.

The founder of Leave.EU had undisclosed meetings with officials from the Russian embassy in the lead-up to the Brexit referendum, reports allege.

Yakovenko proposed a business deal that would see Banks and Wigmore involved in the consolidation of six Russian goldmines into one company.

"It's a convenient political witch-hunt, both over Brexit and Trump".

Mr Banks is now said to have admitted to reporters that he handed over telephone numbers for Mr Trump's team.

The paper said that Mr Banks and Leave.EU director of comunications Andy Wigmore had also had lunch with the ambassador in November 2016 - just three days after they and the former UKIP leader Nigel Farage had met Donald Trump in NY following his election victory.

Collins, a member of the ruling Conservatives who chairs the committee, said the public had a right to know about the relationship between the biggest funder of the Leave campaign and Russian Federation.

Banks also told the paper nothing came of the gold mine discussions.

Banks is set to appear in front of the House of Commons'digital, culture, media and sport (DCMS) select committee on Tuesday to explain the reports, as part of DCMS' ongoing investigation into "fake news" in Britain. Banks said he didn't profit from any business deals because he never pursued any.

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The Times said Banks held three meetings with Russian Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko.

"When foreign powers are aggressively targeting the values, systems and institutions upon which our democracy is built, then it's absolutely essential that we have regulatory, security and intelligence-based organisations who are ready, willing and able to intervene", Kinnock said.

Committee chairman Damian Collins, a Conservative MP, said the latest reports raised serious questions about possible Russian interference in United Kingdom politics.

Banks gave around £9 million to the Leave.EU campaign and Grassroots Out Brexit campaign, and used to fund the UK Independence Party under the leadership of his friend, Nigel Farage.

Mr Wigmore insisted he and Mr Banks never any Russians information about their Brexit campaign.

"Russia has a track record of interfering in the politics of other countries".

The emails originated from Sunday Times journalist Isabel Oakeshott, who acted as a ghost-writer for "Bad Boys of Brexit", a book from Banks that detailed the pro-Leave campaign. It does it in a variety of ways.

"If the Russian government is seeking to develop relationships with prominent people like Arron Banks (.) we have a right to know what the level of that contact was".

Asked about the report at the G7 summit in Canada on Saturday, Prime Minister Theresa May said: "I am sure that if there are any allegations that need investigation the proper authorities will do that".

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