Brexit backer Arron Banks facing questions over Kremlin links

Documents raise new questions about Russian role in Brexit

The Sunday Times reports that Mr Banks had three meetings with the Russian ambassador to the UK.

Arron Banks, a British businessman who bankrolled one of the main campaigns for Brexit, hit back on Sunday after a report said his links with Russian Federation went further and deeper than he had previously disclosed, saying he was a victim of a "witch hunt".

The emails, seen by the Sunday Times, alleged that Arron Banks, the millionaire businessman who funded Brexit campaign group Leave.EU, was reportedly offered a business deal involving six Russian goldmines.

But Banks told the paper: "I had two boozy lunches with the Russian ambassador and another cup of tea with him, bite me".

"He said he only met the Russian ambassador on one occasion; we now know it was more than that".

E-mails said to reveal the extent of the men's contacts with Russians were unveiled by journalist Isabel Oakeshott who ghostwrote Mr Banks' referendum memoir.

On links to Mr Banks and the Russians, Nigel was surprised that this wasn't more commonly known, saying: "He's married to a Russian!"

The report said Banks and Wigmore met with Yakovenko again for a cup of tea on November 17 at a meeting that also included mining magnate Siman Povarenkin to discuss a deal involving six gold mines in Russian Federation. In his book, The Bad Boys of Brexit, Mr Banks had previously admitted to only one. "Was that money made used in political campaigning?"

Banks, who is married to a Russian woman, then visited Russia in February 2016 at the height of the European Union referendum campaign for what he said was "a family trip" that involved no meetings with Russian officials.

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Banks and his ally, Wigmore, made repeated contact with Russian officials before the referendum to discuss business opportunities.

Mr Banks, who last week announced he was pulling out of the Commons inquiry into "fake news", accusing the MPs of a "witch hunt", said he would now be giving evidence to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee as planned on Tuesday.

Mr Banks, whose wife is Russian, acknowledged making a "family trip" to Moscow in February 2016, but said "no meetings were had with anyone".

Banks said he would appear before lawmakers later in the week and that he would tell them of his contacts with officials from other countries too.

He said he had also disclosed details of his contacts with the Russians to USA officials.

The insurance tycoon, who came to prominence when he donated £1million to Ukip in 2014, said nothing came of the discussion about consolidating Russian gold mines into a single company.

Asked in Canada at a summit of G7 leaders including Mr Trump but not Vladimir Putin about the latest claims, Theresa May said: "I am sure that if there are any allegations that need investigation the proper authorities will do that".

"We actually saw the suits from the American embassy who introduced us to the State Department to explain what had happened and then we briefed the Americans on our meetings with the Russians", he said.

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