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New EU rules on accepting Oligarch hospitality

Michael Crick | 11:09 UK time, Friday, 11 February 2011

I see that the European Union announced new rules yesterday to ban top officials from accepting hospitality from oligarchs and top businessmen on their yachts and private jets.

I wonder whom they had in mind when they dreamt that up? Not our old friend Peter Mandelson, surely?

Lord Mandelson, you will recall, got into some trouble in the summer of 2008, when he was still an EU Commissioner. He was found to have spent a holiday on a 238-foot yacht belonging to the Russian aluminium tycoon Oleg Deripaska.

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