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Rishi Sunak appoints former aide to George Osborne to advise on policy
Eleanor Shawcross is understood to have been drafted in in recent weeks as part of the former chancellor’s Tory leadership campaign
” By Edward Malnick, SUNDAY POLITICAL EDITOR and Christopher Hope, ASSOCIATE EDITOR (POLITICS) 17 July 2022 • 7:00am

Eleanor Shawcross is a Public Policy Specialist. Most recently, she served as Chief of Staff to the Secretary of State at the Department of Work and Pensions, having previously spent a number of years at HM Treasury on the Council of Economic Advisers. Eleanor has also worked for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford. She began her career at the Boston Consulting Group.” https://www.gov.uk/government/people/eleanor-shawcross

Rusal says Russia sanctions may delay projects, hit profits”, March 30, 2022: https://www.reuters.com/business/energy/rusal-says-russia-sanctions-may-delay-projects-hit-profits-2022-03-30/


George Osborne wins first advising deal as a banker – taking Russian metals firm set up by US-sanctioned oligarch as a client
* George Osborne’s firm Robey Warshaw is now advising aluminium giant Rusal
* Company is subsidiary of EN+ which Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska has a large stake in
* Osborne first met Deripaska, who is banned from the US, on his yacht in 2008 
* Business said to be secured by EN+ chairman Greg Barker, a former Tory minister

PUBLISHED: 02:21 BST, 24 September 2021 | UPDATED: 07:32 BST, 24 September 2021
Former Chancellor George Osborne has won his first bit of business as an investment banker with a firm set up by a Russian oligarch who once hosted him on his yacht.
Osborne joined boutique advisory firm Robey Warshaw in April and thanks to his contacts the firm is now advising Russian aluminium giant Rusal…
.” https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10023489/George-Osborne-wins-advising-deal-banker-Russian-metals-firm.html

George Osborne strongly supported China’s involvement in sensitive sectors such as the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station. The then Home Secretary Theresa May had been unhappy about Osborne’s “gung-ho” attitude to the Chinese, and had objected to the project…https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Osborne#Hinkley_Point_C

Osborne’s school and university contemporary, financier Nathaniel Rothschild, said in October 2008 that Osborne had tried to solicit a £50,000 donation from the Russian aluminium magnate Oleg Deripaska, which would have been a violation of the law against political donations by foreign citizens.[29][30] Rothschild had hosted Deripaska, Osborne, Peter Mandelson and others at a party in his villa in Corfu. The alleged solicitation of a donation occurred on Deripaska’s yacht during the party.[31][32]
The Electoral Commission received a formal complaint initiated in a letter by the Liberal Democrats’ Home Affairs spokesperson, Chris Huhne, urging them to investigate the allegations against Osborne. The Commission rejected the claims and said it saw “no information” suggesting an offence.[33][34] The accusation was referred to by the press as ‘Yachtgate’.[32] Osborne denied claims he had attempted to solicit a donation from Deripaska and said that he had “made a mistake” by meeting with him.[35]

Oxford University criticised for accepting oligarch’s £75m donation
Institution should ‘stop selling its reputation to Putin’s associates’ and rethink cash from Len Blavatnik, critics say
”, By Luke Harding, Tue 3 Nov 2015 14.55 GMT https://www.theguardian.com/education/2015/nov/03/oxford-university-accused-over-oligarch-len-blavatnik-75m-donation

Oxford University must stop selling its reputation to Vladimir Putin’s associateshttps://www.theguardian.com/education/2015/nov/03/oxford-university-must-stop-selling-its-reputation-to-vladimir-putin-associates

Should Oxford and the V&A take millions from Ukrainian-born billionaire Len Blavatnik? Fallout from resignation of Oxford professor at school bearing tycoon Blavatnik’s name latest in which business background has been raised” By Graham Ruddick Media editor, Sun 3 Sep 2017 19.24 BST. Regarding Soviet born Blavatnik of Access Indistries the article says: “Blavatnik, a UK and US citizen, was knighted for his philanthropy this year. His links to Vladimir Putin’s Russia and controversy in his business background mean criticism has often followed his donations….https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/sep/03/len-blavatnik-oligarch-controversy-philanthropy-resignation-oxford-professor This is a conservative (as in cautious) article as it was apparently put through the wringer by Blavatnik’s lawyer. For instance, the Guardian was made to apologize for calling Blavatnik a Putin pal in an earlier version. Blavatnik lawyers argue that he’s not an oligarch. The Guardian disagreed: “Further, Sir Leonard Blavatnik’s lawyers have informed the Guardian that the term “oligarch” in his view does not apply to him. The Guardian editor-in-chief disagrees.” See: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/sep/03/len-blavatnik-oligarch-controversy-philanthropy-resignation-oxford-professorhttps://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2018/06/04/epa-superfund-task-force-chiefs-trump-russia-republican-leadership-connection-blavatnik-owns-large-ownership-stake-in-lyondellbasell-where-steven-cook-worked/

Why comrade Sir Leonid (Len) Blavatnik is a Putin oligarch and why Hudson Institute, Harvard, Oxford and other entities should not accept his tainted money”. https://www.underminers.info/publications/blavatnikputinsoligarch


Review: The cat and mouse game of Russia sanctions”, July 15, 2022
By Dasha Afanasieva : https://www.reuters.com/breakingviews/review-cat-mouse-game-russia-sanctions-2022-07-15/

US OFAC Delists En+, Rusal, and EuroSibEnergo
January 27, 2019 https://home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/sm592

Blavatnik supported the very bizarre New York Governor Hochul, as well as disgraced Cuomo – who put NY into a Covid policy (literal and metaphorical) overkill, similar to Russia: “Billionaire mogul with Russia ties emerges as major donor to Hochul, numerous pols” By Carl Campanile March 6, 2022 10:23pm Updated “A Soviet-born billionaire with close ties to US-sanctioned Russian oligarchs has emerged as a top donor to Gov. Kathy Hochul, according to campaign records that show a flurry of political contributions across the board. Len Blavatnik donated $69,700 — the maximum allowed — to Hochul’s election campaign since she took over as governor following Andrew Cuomo’s resignation in August, campaign records filed with the state Board of Elections reveal… $239,300 to Cuomo’s campaign”. https://nypost.com/2022/03/06/billionaire-mogul-with-russia-ties-emerges-as-major-donor-to-hochul/