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exclusive Leo Varadkar’s Aughinish meeting ‘stinks’, says Putin critic Bill Browder

The Tánaiste and finance minister met with Lord Barker over the Limerick refinery that is linked to the sanctioned Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska

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Kremlin critic Bill Browder. Photo: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Kremlin critic Bill Browder. Photo: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Billionaire Oleg Deripaska is a major shareholder in Rusal, the owner of Aughinish Alumina, and is seen as a close ally of Vladimir Putin

Billionaire Oleg Deripaska is a major shareholder in Rusal, the owner of Aughinish Alumina, and is seen as a close ally of Vladimir Putin

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Kremlin critic Bill Browder. Photo: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Bill Browder, the financier and political activist who is a long-time critic of the Kremlin, has criticised Tánaiste Leo Varadkar and Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe for meeting with a UK Conservative life peer to discuss his plan to take over the Aughinish Alumina refinery in Limerick.

In an interview with the Irish Independent, Mr Browder said the meeting at government buildings on March 21 between the Irish ministers and Greg Barker, a former British government minister and chairman of the aluminium firm EN+ controlled by Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, “clearly stinks” for everyone involved.


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