"It is almost now a year since the connection between Mandelson, then EU trade commissioner, and Deripaska first became public knowledge.
I found the details shocking then, and I still find them shocking today. Many profoundly important questions remain unanswered, such as: Why is Deripaska denied a visa in the U.S? Why did Mandelson accept hospitality from such a figure, especially since Deripaska is an aluminium tycoon with a keen interest in breaking down trade barriers with Europe.
Why did Mandelson lie - saying that he had made only a fleeting visit to Deripaska's yacht when, in fact, he stayed several days?
If any readers can cast any light on all this, I would be keenly interested."
Saturday, 26 September 2009
Peter Mandelson and Oleg Deripaska
Peter Oborne is interested... see "Deeply disturbing questions over Mandy's oligarch" the second item in the column.