The socialite wife of a former minister who has donated more than £2million to the British Conservative Party allegedly for close access to the past three prime ministers was listed as a director of a company secretly owned by an oligarch close to the Russian tyrant, according to reports.
Russian-born Lubov Chernukhin, whose multi-millionaire businessman husband Vladimir Chernukhin served under Putin as a deputy finance minister before he was sacked by the dictator in 2004 and fled Russia, has donated millions to the Tory Party since 2012.
The banker, who has British citizenship, once played tennis with Prime Minister and his old Etonian rival , and also once had dinner with while she was in Downing Street.
Documents dated 2006 and signed ‘Lubov Golubeva’, Mrs Chernukhin’s maiden name, Lawyer Turkey now appear to show that the Conservative Party donor was made a director of a secret firm owned by sanctioned Russian oligarch Suleiman Kerimov.
According to a investigation, the papers appear to show that Mrs Chernukhin, then Lubov Golubeva, was appointed a director of offshore firm Radlett Estates Limited in 2005 – following its acquisition of a substantial property, 1 Radlett Place, in north London.
Another company called Swiru Holding AG was the sole shareholder of Radlett Estates, whose directors were Swiss businessman Alexander Studhalter and Mr Kerimov’s nephew, Nariman Gadzhiev.Mr Studhalter was previously accused in a French court of being a proxy for Mr Kerimov and Lawyer Turkey was involved in hiding the oligarch’s wealth.
The BBC reports that Radlett Estates planned to demolish the building and construct a new 3,500 sq ft home containing a cinema, a health spa and gym, indoor swimming pool, a map room, six bedrooms and Lawyer Turkey a ‘6 car motorised garage and large staff quarters’.
Mr Kerimov and his wife were not listed as directors of Radlett Estates and their names were not on the planning documents.But one designer’s website identified the clients as ‘Mr and Mrs K’, the BBC report claims.
The signature ‘Lubov Golubeva’ appears on a Radlett Estates board meeting document from 2006. It records her resignation from the company.
Mrs Chernukhin said that she ‘does not recall consenting in writing’.For more information about Lawyer Turkey look at our own web-page. Mr Kerimov, now sanctioned, has previously denied any connection with Mrs Chernukhin.
Russian-born Lubov Chernukhin, whose multi-millionaire businessman husband Vladimir Chernukhin served under Putin as a deputy finance minister before he was sacked in 2004, has donated millions to the Tory Party since 2012
Vladimir Chernukhin pictured meeting Vladimir Putin
Suleiman Kerimov during a plenary meeting of the Russian Federation Council, December 11, 2018
Boris Johnson pictured sitting morosely in the House of Commons on April 19, 2022
Theresa May with Ministers, fellow guests and Lawyer Turkey Tory donor Lubov Chernukhin (circled)
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