Laborites take interest in Johnson's adviser because of his work in Russia

Laborites take interest in Johnson's adviser because of his work in Russia
Dominic Cummings Photo: RBC

The “gray cardinal” in Johnson’s government, Dominic Cummings, worked for three years in Russia in the 90s. Due to this, Laborites decided to ask the secret services about the level of his access to classified information.

Labor took interested in Dominic Cummings, Boris Johnson's “chief adviser,” because of his work in Russia in the 1990s. This is reported by The Times

According to the newspaper, an unnamed informant appealed to senior members of the Labor Party and caused “serious concern” over the three years (from 1994 to 1997) spent by Cummings in Russia and his possible relations with the Russians, which could be related to “politics, special services, and security.”

After that, according to The Times, “shadow” Minister of Foreign Affairs, Labor Emily Thornberry wrote to her government counterpart Dominique Raab and asked if Cummings received the highest level of access to classified information after taking office. A copy of the letter was also sent to Mark Sedville, Advisor to the Prime Minister for National Security, and the MI-5 and MI-6 counterintelligence heads. “I feel obligated to convey to you the anxiety that the informant caused among the Laborites, whose motives we have no reason to doubt,” she added. 

A government source said the cabinet gave Cummings the highest level of access to classified information.

Cummings is a political strategist, former leader of the Vote Leave campaign, which urged UK citizens to vote for leaving the EU in a referendum in 2016. As the BBC Russian Service wrote, in Britain, he is considered a “gray cardinal” in the Johnson government, who is said to have been responsible for Premier's “conflict decisions” regarding Brexit. In its large article about Cummings, Reaction claimed that in Russia, he tried to establish an airline and establish flights between Samara and Vienna. He managed to organize one flight without passengers.

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