Tories sell £ 90,000 tennis match with Boris Johnson to wife of Vladimir Putin’s ally – The Sun


The Tories sold a game of tennis with Boris Johnson for £ 90,000 to the wife of an ally of Vladimir Putin, reveals The Sun.

Lubov Chernukhine paid half the price at the Conservative Party’s lavish annual black-and-white fundraising ball on Tuesday night.


A tennis match with Boris Johnson, pictured at a charity match in 2013, was the featured award at the Conservatives’ annual black and white fundraising ballCredit: AFP or licensors
    The prize was bought by the wife of an ally of Vladimir Putin


The prize was bought by the wife of an ally of Vladimir PutinCredit: AP: Associated press

She is married to former Russian finance minister Vladimir Chernukhin, who served under Putin in the early 2000s before being appointed chairman of a state bank.

The match with Mr Johnson and Tory Co-Chair Ben Elliott was the featured prize in the traditional auction to raise funds for the party.

But a source who was at the Tories’ fundraising ball in Battersea, south London, said Mr Johnson “was not particularly keen on auctioning himself off.”

Ms Chernukhin paid £ 45,000 for a place on the pitch with the Prime Minister.

She had already paid for a £ 160,000 tennis match with Mr Johnson and David Cameron when he was Prime Minister in 2014.

At last year’s auction she won the honor of entertaining Theresa May after donating £ 135,000.

Ms Chernukhin is a British citizen and lives in London.

A Tory spokesperson said: “All donations will be reported correctly and transparently to the Election Commission, published by it, and will be fully in accordance with the law. “

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