Carole Cadwalladr @carolecadwalla Late adopter. Late giver-upper. Guardian & Observer writer. Jun. 09, 2018 1 min read

BREAKING: Funder of @Nigel_Farage's Brexit campaign met with Russian embassy officials multiple times & offered multi-billion $ gold deal
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Businessman @Arron_banks has said multiple times that he only ever had one "boozy lunch" with the Russian ambassador. But the Observer has seen evidence of multiple visits from November 2015-2017

In the same week that LeaveEU launched its official campaign, @Arron_banks & @andywigmore were invited to the @RussianEmbassy twice...once before the event with Cambridge Analytica's Brittany Kaiser, and once after...

At the second meeting, the Russian ambassador introduced @Arron_banks & @andywigmore to a Russian business with a hot proposition: the opportunity to invest in a multi-billion $ deal to buy 6 gold mines financed by a state-owned Russian bank

The gold deal offered to @arron_banks went ahead on July 5, 2016 - 12 days after the referendum. He refused to give us comment on whether he invested. On July 17, 2016 he tweeted: "I am buying gold at the moment & big mining stocks"

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