|Treasurer of the Conservative Party|
24 July 2019 – September 2021
|Preceded by||Mick Davis|
|Succeeded by||Malik Karim|
|Born||November 1955 (age 66)|
Tel Aviv, Israel
Sheleg is a director of the Halcyon Gallery in London. It is 50% controlled through a British Virgin Islands company by the Tov Settlement, the Sheleg family trust. He has donated over £3 million to the Conservative Party, and organised fundraisers for Boris Johnson while Johnson was Mayor of London.
"Our special report earlier this year revealed not just Sheleg's close relations with Moscow, hosting Russia’s ambassador at the height of post-Crimea-invasion sanctions in 2015, but also his major deal with organised-crime-connected figures in establishing a Cyprus outlet of Halcyon the same year. At a minimum, due diligence appears not to be Sheleg’s strong suit. The Eye’s report also showed how Sheleg's Halcyon company had filed erroneous accounts (not great for a party treasurer), and how in 2009 it had liquidated one of its subsidiary companies (high street art chain Castle Galleries), walking away from £4m of debts and simply carrying on the business under a new company."
Private Eye also wrote about Sheleg's track record of “unfiled accounts, unpaid suppliers, investigations and VAT penalties from HM Customs and Excise, along with millions of pounds in dodged tax”. His habit of dissolving companies and avoiding liabilities earned him the nickname “Alka Seltzer”.
In 2010 Sheleg was involved in a court case involving a missing Rolf Harris painting; a judge branded him “personally and dishonestly responsible for its loss” before the case was overturned on appeal.
Prior to his July 2019 appointment as Treasurer by Boris Johnson, in February 2018, Sheleg donated £450,000 to the Conservative Party. In March 2022, The New York Times reported that the funds had originated from a Russian account of Sheleg’s father-in-law, Sergei Kopytov. In 2021, the National Crime Agency flagged the donation as suspected money laundering and a potentially illegal campaign donation, as political parties may not accept donations of more than £500 from foreign citizens who are not registered to vote in Britain's elections, which he was not. The report also noted that a lack of clarity as to why the Barclays Bank alert did not arrive until three years after the fact; whether authorities had even investigated; and that no barrier had blocked Sheleg's ascent to a British knighthood, or to a position of power in the Johnson cabinet.
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