- Boris Johnson's links to Russia have come under the spotlight since his decision to block the publication of a report into Russian election interference.
- Johnson has previously been pictured meeting two suspected Russian spies.
- One of the men was a key figure in establishing links between Russia and Johnson's Conservative party and described Johnson as a "good friend."
- Another figure pictured with Johnson was named in the FBI's Russian Trump investigation.
- Johnson's party has reportedly accepted donations from 9 Russian figures with links to the Russian government.
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Boris Johnson's decision to block the publication of a report into Russian election interference earlier this month has thrown the spotlight on the links between the prime minister's Conservative Party and Russia.
The Sunday Times reported earlier this month that Johnson had blocked the report's publication due to fears that it would reveal links between major Conservative donors and the Russian secret service.
These links continue to be the subject of controversy.
Last week the Electoral Commission revealed that the single largest donation during this campaign was from the wife of a former Russian minister and ally of Putin.
Johnson himself has also previously come under scrutiny for his own links to Russia and has been photographed meeting with suspected Russian spies.
Here are the key Russian figures linked to Johnson.
When Johnson was mayor of London, Nalobin also tweeted a picture of himself alongside Boris Johnson, who he described in the now-deleted tweet as his "good friend."
Asked about the photo at the time, a source close to Johnson told Business Insider that he "meets hundreds of people at numerous events he attends every month. He does not remember meeting Mr Nalobin and would not describe him as a friend."
Two years ago a photo emerged of the then Foreign Secretary meeting with Joseph Mifsud, a Maltese academic with alleged high-level links to the Putin regime.
Mifsud was reportedly named in the FBI's investigation into Trump's links with Russia and the photo of him meeting Johnson was subsequently used as a piece of evidence in the US Mueller inquiry.
Before the photo was published Johnson initially denied ever meeting Mifsud.
However, following the publication of the photo Johnson's spokesperson changed their position and said that Johnson had never "knowingly" met Mifsud.
Evgeny has repeatedly hosted Johnson for parties at his castle in Perugia Italy, while Johnson was mayor of London and Foreign Secretary.
Johnson's former register of interest in London's City Hall listed repeated his attendance at the events, alongside former Evening Standard editor and current editor of the BBC's Radio 4 Today Programme Sarah Sands.
Concerns were reportedly raised within Theresa May's government about Johnson's decision to attend the events, at which other guests have claimed that "nothing is off the menu from the moment you are greeted to the moment you leave."
Fears were also raised that Johnson's private life may make him a "security risk" due to the possibility he could be blackmailed.
"There's the danger that people leak what they have over him or blackmail him with it," a Cabinet minister in Theresa May's government told the Sunday Times earlier this year.
Boris Johnson's Conservative Party election campaign last week registered a six-figure donation from the wife of a former finance minister and ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Lubov Chernukhin, who was the largest single donor to the campaign, is the wife of the Russian oligarch Vladimir Chernukhin. She donated £200,000 to the Conservative campaign in its first week.
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