August 22nd, 2012

Lobbyists, Wonks and Tories Mingling at the Russian Embassy
Conservative Friends of Russia Launch Party

Last night Guido infiltrated the Russian Embassy for the Conservative Friends of Russia launch party. The vodka was flowing as lobbyists, businessmen, wonks and Conservative MPs mingled with Russian diplomats and pals of Putin. Guido gathers that the decision to set up Conservative Friends of Russia was not taken lightly, with the Tory hierarchy expressing concerns that the group was being established the week after the Pussy Riot girls were imprisoned. Perhaps that was why the advertised keynote speaker Malcolm Rifkind didn’t show…

Replacing Rifkind was John Whittingdale, who awkwardly noted that “sometimes our country will not agree with your country, and sometimes your country will not agree with ours“. With the pleasantries dealt with the Russian Standard booze was wheeled out and tongues were loosened. One champagne-swilling Russian reader told Guido that he would be locked up if he ever decided to relocate the blog to the motherland…

UPDATE: CFoR have got in touch claiming that Rifkind is in Scotland and was never due to speak at the event. Despite being their Honorary President

UPDATE II:  Guido has independently confirmed that Rifkind was in Edinburgh yesterday and was never intended to be there.


  1. 1
    Putin says:

    Fuck off!


  2. 3
    What Putin said to Obama says:


  3. 5
    Polly Toynbee says:

    Go on Guido, relocate the blog to the Motherland.

    You know you want to !!!

    I’ll even visit you in jail.


  4. 8
    Grigory Yevseevich Zinoviev says:

    are the Con. Friends of Russia related to the Con. Friends of Germany in the 1930’s?

    or is this still confidential?


  5. 9
    David Cameron (Leader of the Nasty Party) says:

    Comrade Guido

    Please explain what “Russian Standard booze” consists of ?


  6. 11
    Plato says:

    We’re getting more posts per day than in term time?


  7. 14

    Strange bedfellows, indeed! Wonder who is f****ing who!!!


  8. 18
    Reflections says:

    This is the world Pussy Riot comes from…the Eastern European Punk scene..with ‘Nazi’ Punks, Anarchist Punks, communist punks…it’s amazing how the stringpullers washed them, put them into neutral clothes and gave them haircuts before the trial. They video their events, and, of course all hate Angie and the Fascist government in Germany, the Polish Government in Poland where they got locked up for two years, and in Russia they hate the ‘bourgeois’ The common factor is that all come from societies collapsed by communism. They are the moral mess left behind when the communist tide rolled back.. Hate is the raison etre that fuels the groupies sent out to create maximum confusion…policemen don’t like truncheoning girls.

    Here endeth the lesson.


  9. 19
    SP4BS says:

    Champagne? Or sham-champagne?

    Or do Russians just call fizzy stuff what the hell they like?


  10. 20
    Asil Nadir says:

    Looks like you lot will be paying for my bed and board for a few years.


  11. 22
    Willy Hague says:

    Would you like one egg or two Mr Nadir ?


  12. 23
    Quisling scum says:

    Is there a ‘Friends of Britain’ group in Parliament?

    Any MP who has joined one of these foreign lobby groups is no friend of Britain.


    • 26
      Axe The Telly Tax says:

      Unfortunately UKIP and the B&P don’t have any seats in Parliament.


    • 29
      gildedtumbril says:

      I think you mean traitorous bastards?
      Contrary to common belief the war criminal bliar has not revoked, rescinded or repealed the reward for treason. Common Law, upon which the US Constitution is based is immutable.
      The ultimate penalty for the ultimate betrayal still stands.


      • 33
        Handycock (sex Tourist on Taxpyer's money) says:

        I cannot understand why I wasn’t invited to this party. I am Russia’s greatest friend in Parliament and a member of the coalition and I have visited Russia officially and unofficially more than all other MPs put together. Jahbulon.


    • 36
      Forkbender says:

      In the past 40/50 years they (all political parties) have been so busy chasing the USA, Germany and now Russia that they cannot be bothered with the UK.


  13. 27
    Kim Philby says:

    Now we just sit back and wait for the KGB style sting, where some drippy Tory is photographed in flagrante.


  14. 28
    gildedtumbril says:

    I have figured out what Vladimir Vladimirovitch Putin’s nickname was at school…RAS.


  15. 31
    Jimmy says:

    I’m sure a pro-government blogger would do very well there.


  16. 40
    keredybretsa says:

    Pussy Riot and Syria…another vodka and another….Syria Riot and Pissy Pussy time to leave.


  17. 41
    dadsfortwoaircraftcarriers says:

    Guido, I have said this before to you a million times and you never listen but you must keep an eye on Russian interests. The description of this as a ‘sinister’ gathering – Henry Jackson Society – seems about right. Please please please keep your eye on this lot and keep me informed. Thanks.


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