These are the 4 British law firms being used by 4 Russian oligarchs close to Putin in a co-ordinated legal attack against @CatherineBelton, the author of a landmark book, Putin’s People.
This is @TaylorWessingUK. Apparently they’re great supporters on #mentalhealthawarenessweek. Being sued by a Russian oligarch is a noted booster for one’s mental health, of course. Hope you don’t mind me cc-ing you in @Rubywax.
And this is @CMS_law. Strong on diversity & inclusion & empowering women. But not, god forbid, women who happen to be journalists investigating Russian power
I love how woke these firms are. Here’s @TaylorWessingUK celebrating #LesbianVisibilityDay. Who wouldn’t want to work somewhere free from discrimination, victimisation & harassment? Too bad, if you’re a journalist!
I hadn’t even realised it was #WorldPressFreedomDay when I started this thread. Final shout-out to absolutely-no-contradiction here @kingsleynapley

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2 May
Absolutely extraordinary story in @thesundaytimes. The year is 2021 & the Foreign Secretary has discovered fake news!! Apparently Russia deliberately sows misinformation online! The Kremlin targets British news sources! WHO KNEW?…
Amazing that Dominic Raab has discovered ‘a network of trolls’ only 6 years since the Internet Research Agency was first extensively covered by mainstream press. While this same govt REFUSES point blank Intel Committee’s demand for a proper investigation & inquiry
It’s why 4 cross-party MPs & 2 Lords are seeking a judicial review. The first time sitting MPs have challenged govt over failing to protect Britain’s national security…
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1 May
Excellent summary by @freedland of Johnson’s scandals upon scandals. With one omission. Vote Leave’s illegal donation in crucial 48 hours before Brexit is the ur-scandal. The scandal that paved way for Johnson to become PM. And for 127k to lose their lives…
#CashForCurtains is almost exact same scheme. The failure to hold Johnson, Gove & Cummings accountable is what emboldened them to believe that they are above the law. Because they are. They proved to be untouchable: from Electoral Commission, Met police & parliament
I believe the failure to hold them to account is fundamental to why 127k people died. They rigged an election. And got away with it. We can argue about whether they succeeded or what difference it made. But the Electoral Commission’s funding was that they broke the law.
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29 Apr
It's extremely weird to end up as a case study in a UNESCO report. But I'm grateful to @ICFJ for doing this work. This is a huge study involving 901 journalists from 125 countries. With deeply depressing conclusions.

'These attacks have a chilling effect on women's journalism'
So many women’s experiences - esp women of colour - are so much worse than mine. Just look at @mariaressa. I am immensely privileged in comparison. And yet. @julieposetti & team analysed a massive data set of my tweets. This is my word cloud.
‘Hysterical hag, stupid bitch, crazy cat lady, shut up’
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29 Apr
The big news in US is FBI raid on Giuliani. Also targeted: lawyer who represents Ukrainian oligarch, Firtash.

In UK, Johnson will continue to ignore entire Russian scandal not least cos one of his ministers received £ from Firtash & his own g/f involved in subsequent cover up
This is our minister for culture. He has received donations & hospitality from Dmytro Firtash, a Ukrainian with links to organised crime wanted by FBI. This story broke when Carrie Symonds worked for Whittingdale. It was her job to cover it up…
Whittingdale is back in post & Johnson has successfully quashed any investigation into Russian interference. But there’s plenty of people in Britain with links to Firtash & reason to fear. Let’s see…
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28 Apr
Scandal after scandal collided today. Truly this is a govt like no other. But giving thanks to amazing work on Greensill by @FT & @guardian. Revelations from @openDemocracy & @bylinetimes. And new legal challenges by @foxgovelegal @allthecitizens & the great @GoodLawProject 🙌
Yikes. @foxglovelegal not @foxgovelegal..that's something else entirely.

Here's the case. Please support if you can. Transparency is the basis for democracy. And without it we are truly fecked...…
Oh yes & @PeterStefanovi2. Seeing him take this on as a one-man campaign has been wondrous to watch. What one person can do..
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25 Apr
I don’t know if this is true, but if it is, I truly despair.

Sunday Times reporting Cummings had long been ‘haunted by fear he could end up in prison: either over irregular spending during Brexit referendum or his conduct in govt’

Why despair? Because @shahmiruk did forensic capture witnessed by lawyers of Vote Leave’s Google drive. That showed apparent deletion of key evidence by Vote Leave after Electoral Commission launched an investigation.

That’s not an electoral offence. It’s a serious crime.
That evidence was passed to NCA. That’s separate agency than Met which investigates electoral offences - the old Special Branch dept that investigates politically sensitive crimes.

The Met shut down all investigations into Brexit-related crimes. The NCA never reported back
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