Blavatnik and Shustorovich 'under scrutiny over US election claims'
Len Blavatnik, founder and chairman of Access Industries, the majority shareholder of Perform, the international sports content and media group, is reported to be one of two senior media figures under scrutiny over involvement in alleged Russian interference in last year’s US presidential election.
The other is Alexander Shustorovich, chief executive of IMG Artists, the artists representation arm of the international sports and entertainment company.
The pair are under scrutiny by investigators probing alleged links between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and the Russian government, the Dallas Morning News has reported.
Blavatnik, who was born in Russia but now holds dual UK and US citizenship, made a donation of more than $6 million to Trump’s Republican Party, while the Russian-American Shustorovich made a similar smaller donation.
Adam Schiff, a Democratic Party representative, told ABC News that contributions from US citizens are legal, “unless the contributions were directed by a foreigner”. However, he claimed that they “could still be of interest to investigators examining allegations of Russian influence on the 2016 campaign. Obviously, if there were those that had associations with the Kremlin that were contributing, that would be of keen concern.”