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Conservative mega-donor was ‘screen’ for Kremlin oil trades

27/11/2022

Conservative mega-donor was ‘screen’ for Kremlin oil trades

Billionaire’s companies helped Rosneft trade with sanction-hit Venezuela and have continued to handle Russian oil since the outbreak of war in Ukraine

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BP’s latest dirty secret? An oil terminal polluting the Red Sea for decades

16/11/2022

BP’s latest dirty secret? An oil terminal polluting the Red Sea for decades

Just across the water from the COP27 summit, a plant recently owned by BP is pumping contaminated water into the ocean—and has been doing so for decades

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Russian football club under US sanctions operates through UK

03/03/2022

Russian football club under US sanctions operates through UK

An elite Russian football club under US sanctions is partly controlled through a British company

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MPs’ ‘Fair Fuel’ group run by fuel additive salesman

02/03/2022

MPs’ ‘Fair Fuel’ group run by fuel additive salesman

A cross-party group of British MPs lobbied for fuel additives as an alternative to the ban on petrol vehicles while failing to disclose it was run by a fuel additive salesman

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BP under pressure over fuel for Russian military

26/02/2022

BP under pressure over fuel for Russian military

BP may be profiting from Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine through its stake in Rosneft, a major fuel supplier to Russia’s military

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Britain’s last coal plant in line for £31m handout

14/02/2022

Britain’s last coal plant in line for £31m handout

The UK government is phasing out coal power from 2024 — but not before it pays millions to keep the last plant open

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London is a battleground for Nigeria’s looted oil millions

08/02/2022

London is a battleground for Nigeria’s looted oil millions

Fortunes stolen by military dictator Sani Abacha are now being fought over in UK courts

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Kazakh leader’s grandson was mystery client at collapsed ‘golden visa’ firm

21/01/2022

Kazakh leader’s grandson was mystery client at collapsed ‘golden visa’ firm

Dolfin Financial went bust after being accused of misleading regulators over its ties with Nurali Aliyev, an oligarch with luxury property in London

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Cummings pushed NHS to skirt funding rules for data project

22/06/2021

Cummings pushed NHS to skirt funding rules for data project

Leaked emails show PM’s aide told head of NHSX ‘no delay please – just send immediately’

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Health company favoured by Hancock linked to Tory donors

22/06/2021

Health company favoured by Hancock linked to Tory donors

Shareholders in Babylon Healthcare made donations to Conservatives and Hancock’s 2019 leadership campaign

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Plastic Patriots

23/02/2021

Plastic Patriots

Ineos, the controversial chemicals giant that turns fracked gas to plastics, trumpeted its return to the UK. Its billionaire owner, Jim Ratcliffe, appears to be less patriotic about his taxes

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