As Arron Banks denies that Russian cash paid for Leave.EU, author and foreign correspondent Luke Harding picks books that uncover the Kremlin’s influence on the west
As the UK lurches towards Brexit, one intriguing question has no satisfactory answer. Namely, from where did Arron Banks get the £8m he gave Leave.EU? Banks insists the cash is his. But the National Crime Agency has launched a criminal investigation and during an appearance on The Andrew Marr Show Banks failed to explain this mystery.
The suspicion for some – again, denied by Banks – is that the money came from Moscow. In cold war times, the Kremlin sought to influence western politics by boosting communist parties. These days, Vladimir Putin backs disruptive candidates from the far right and far left. There is covert and sometimes overt money. Plus bots, hackers and spies.