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Liam @LiamByrneMP
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1/. Ok, by popular demand, here's a quick thread on what you should know about Legatum, #HardBrexit and...Russia
2/. Legatum has become one of the most influential think tanks in '#HardBrexit' circles - and is backed by a secretive New Zealand billionaire
thetimes.co.uk/article/unriva…
3/. Legatum's Special Trade Enquiry recommended #HardBrexit - leaving the Customs Union and Single Market. li.com/programmes/eco…
4/. So: who backs Legatum? Well, it's funded by Mr Chandler, a New Zealand billionaire, who lives in Singapore and works in Dubai: eureferendum.com/blogview.aspx?…
5/. Last week, @BenPBradshaw suggested the new Intelligence Select Committee make a close study of his background: hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2017-1…
6/. Mr Chandler made a fortune in the chaos of Russia. Indeed he and his brother 'say they were the largest foreign portfolio investors in Russia.' institutionalinvestor.com/article/b150nr…
7/. It's interesting that Mr Chandler made a new fortune working with Mr Putin's associates to re-organise GazProm, after Mr Putin's election in 2000 helping lead a boardroom coup to emplace - Alexei Miller - Mr Putin's deputy from St Petersburg days - as head of GazProm.
8/. GazProm then became VERY important to Mr Putin. @TheEconomist reports: 'As President Vladimir Putin consolidated his power in the early 2000s, he built Gazprom into a main instrument of Russia’s new state capitalism.'
economist.com/news/business/…
9/. For some reason, Mr Chandler was investigated in the intelligence operation to clean up Monaco - but thankfully this found 'no evidence of wrongdoing'. Soon after Mr Chandler relocated to Dubai/ Singapore markhollingsworth.co.uk/wp-content/upl…
10/. So: is a fortune made in Mr Putin's Russia now being used to make the case for #HardBrexit? I'll let you be the judge...
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