On 12 May, the New York Times reported that one of the biggest donors to the Conservative Party is suspected of secretly funnelling hundreds of thousands of pounds to the party from a Russian account, according to an SAR filed with the NCA by Barclays bank. The money was part of a fund-raising blitz that helped propel Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his party to a landslide victory in the 2019 general election. In January 2021, the bank is reported to have said it was able to trace a clear line back from this donation to its ultimate source and it flagged the donation as both suspected money laundering and a potentially illegal campaign donation. It is reported that the donation, of $630,225, was made in February 2018 in the name of Ehud Sheleg, a wealthy London art dealer who was most recently the Conservative Party’s treasurer. However, it is claimed that the money originated in a Russian account of his father-in-law, Sergei Kopytov, who was once a senior politician in the previous pro-Kremlin government of Ukraine and who now owns real estate and hotel businesses in Crimea and Russia.
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