Sergey Nalobin rubbed shoulders with the Cabinet at West London’s plush Hurlingham Club in 2014, it is claimed
THE Conservatives invited a notorious Russian embassy official to their exclusive summer party with the PM just months before he was expelled from Britain in a spying row, it was claimed last night.
Sergey Nalobin rubbed shoulders with the Cabinet and Ministers at West London’s plush Hurlingham Club in 2014, according to the Spectator magazine.
Mr Nalobin’s father was an officer in the FSB — President Putin’s hardcore spy agency.
In 2013 Mr Nalobin hit the headlines after being accused of running pro-Kremlin “front groups” in Westminster.
His diplomatic visa was revoked in 2015 and he was classed “persona non grata” and forced to return to Moscow — sparking fury from the Russian Embassy in London.
Despite public concerns about his activities being raised by MPs, it is alleged Mr Nabolin was able to attend the exclusive Tory bash — where rich donors are charged thousands for tickets to line party coffers.
The explosive revelation was made by political blogger Paul Staines editor of the Guido Fawkes blog.
Writing in the magazine he said: “I spotted his face at the 2014 Tory summer party, at the Hurlingham Club in west London.
“‘How the hell did you get in here?’ I asked him. The security is extremely tight, and the guest list closely vetted, because guests mingle with the PM and cabinet ministers.
“Gesturing towards some fellow guests, Sergey replied with pleading eyes: ‘I’m with the Egyptians.’
“I wandered back to my table and told my amused host I thought we had a Russian spy among us.”
Last night the Conservative Party declined to comment.