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Cameron urged to return £160k tennis match donation from Russian ex-minister's wife

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The Tory party received a whopping £160,000 donation for a Tennis match played by David Cameron and Boris Johnson.

Who from? Lubov Chernukhin, a Russian banker whose husband was deputy finance minister under Putin in 2000.

According to the Labour party, Tories have received £900,000 of donations from individuals with links to the Russian government.

Labour’s Chris Bryant, vice-chairman of Parliament’s all-party group on Russia, said: “The Prime Minister said quite categorically this week that we should be tackling Putin’s cronies.

“What could be more of a crony than Putin’s former deputy finance minister?

“Yet it appears that the Prime Minister is not only prepared to take his family’s money, but also play tennis with him – it is two-faced.

“David Cameron does not seem to realise that you cannot send these kind of mixed messages to Russia – they see it as a sign of weakness. He has to realise that he cannot have his caviar and eat it.”

Labour MP Sheila Gilmore said: “People will be surprised at the extent of Russian wealth bankrolling David Cameron’s re-election fund.

“The Tories need to come clean about all their Russian links. There can be no impression of conflicts of interest or hypocrisy at such an important time.’

London Mayor Boris Johnson admitted that checks should be made in the bidder of the tennis match.

Speaking to Sky News, he said: “I think you have to do stuff that actually hits Putin and his government where it hurts.

“I know about this tennis match they volunteered me for with some geezer. It is very important full checks are carried out to make sure this is not someone who is an intimate or a crony.”

Conservative spokesman said: “All donations to the Conservative Party are fully and transparently declared to the Electoral Commission and published on their website.”

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