Dominic Raab accepted £25,000 from ex-Russian banker

Dominic Raab accepted £25,000 from ex-Russian banker whose money was shunned by Prince Charles’ charitable foundation

  • Dominic Raab accepted £25,000 from former Russian banker Dmitry Leus
  • The deputy prime minister’s local arty received the funds earlier this year  
  • Raab declared the donations for ‘campaigning costs’ on the Commons register of interests in July

Dominic Raab accepted £25,000 from a former Russian banker whose money had been rejected by the Prince of Wales’s charitable foundation.

The deputy prime minister’s local party was given the five-figure sum by Dmitry Leus earlier this year. Mr Raab declared the donations made to the Esher and Walton Conservative Association for ‘campaigning costs’ on the Commons register of interests in July.

Mr Leus was found guilty of money laundering and jailed in Russia in 2004 – but the conviction was later overturned and he claims the prosecution was politically motivated.

Dominic Raab accepted £25,000 from a former Russian banker whose money had been rejected by the Prince of Wales’s charitable foundation

The businessman made a £100,000 donation to the Prince’s Foundation last year but it was returned after it was rejected by the charity’s ethics committee.

After the money was initially received, Prince Charles wrote to Mr Leus to thank him for ‘very generously’ deciding to support the charity. But the cash was later handed back after the ethics committee raised concerns about its provenance.

Mr Leus, who was born in Turkmenistan, holds permanent residency in Britain. He also has Russian and Israeli citizenship.

The 51-year-old lives in Surrey with his wife and their four sons. He has donated millions to British charities, including those involved in education and health.

After the money was initially received, Prince Charles wrote to Mr Leus to thank him for ‘very generously’ deciding to support the charity. But the cash was later handed back after the ethics committee raised concerns about its provenance

On his foundation’s website, he describes himself as an ‘established and successful businessman within the finance and investment industries in England and overseas’. 

A spokesman for Mr Raab last night said: ‘Mr Leus had a wrongful conviction overturned on appeal. Professional due diligence was conducted before accepting. Like all donations, it was properly and transparently declared and complies fully with the law.’

Regarding the donation to Mr Raab’s local party, a spokesman for Mr Leus said he had ‘simply responded to what was presented as a need for funding in his local area’.

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