The Baroness said yesterday that she received the money from the Conservative Party.But Mr Shetler-Jones said last night that he made donations to the people who managed the Baroness’s office ‘over and above what I gave to the Conservative Party’.
But the pivotal security post was awarded instead to Whitehall mandarin Sir Peter Ricketts.
The Baroness, 70, was appointed Minister of State at the Home Office in charge of security and counter-terrorism – a more junior position, which restricts her responsibilities to domestic intelligence issues.
The demotion is said by sources to have ‘infuriated’ the feisty former career diplomat so much that she threatened to resign even before she took up the post.
He is believed by European and US federal law enforcement agencies to be the ‘boss of bosses’ of most Russian mafia syndicates in the world.
Mogilevich has not travelled to the West, including the US, since the late Nineties.