Here is an interesting snippet from a wide ranging and informed blog I occasionally dip into:
Lord Pearson’s endorsement by controversial oligarch and right-wing fundraiser, Mikhail Chernoy (who Bell Pottinger represented some years ago) might be some indication of where all of this heading.Did Lord Pearson’s recent grilling of Parliament arise from a genuine – and very private – concern about Mi5?In July 2007 Mikhail Cherney (wanted by Interpol and the FBI on several money laundering charges) pledged £600 million to promoting humanitarian causes in the battle against radicalism. Recipients included Lord Pearson and Baroness Cox as part of Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust (rumoured to be a front for European and American hardliners pushing far-right propaganda).In 2009, Cox (along with UKIP peer Lord Pearson) invited Geert Wilders to show his anti-Islam film Fitna before the House of Lords. Wilders also drew support from Shrimpton’s far-right think tank, Gerard Group International who mounted a ‘support Geert Wilders campaign‘ (the advert has been removed in the last week or so).Lord Pearson resigned as leader of the UKIP Party in August 2010 in less than clear circumstances.
London —- January 31, 2007….. Michael Cherney (Mikhail Chernoy), a prominent Israel industrialist – philanthropist, presented the “Scoop” Jackson Award at a London Conference yesterday.
Lord Malcolm Pearson of Rannoch, a leading political thinker and Member of the England House of Lords, was named by Michael Cherney (Mikhail Chernoy), as this year’s recipient of the prestigious Senator Henry “Scoop” Jackson Award, culminating the First Jerusalem Summit Europe, held in London.The Award was established at the Inaugural Jerusalem Summit in October, 2003, which took place in Israel. The first recipient was US former Deputy Secretary of Defense Richard Perle, a leading American strategist. The second recipient was Baroness Caroline Cox, Deputy Speaker of the British House of Lords.“Lord Pearson fearlessly fought Russia Soviet totalitarianism by promoting freedom in the former USSR through British financial assistance to dissident groups and by establishing the Rannoch Charitable Trust, which funded refugees from Communism who fled to Europe,” stated Cherney, Chairman of the Jerusalem Summit’s Board of Trustees, at a ceremony in the British Parliament’s Moses Room.“Today Lord Pearson helps head the struggle against today’s new form of totalitarianism, radical Islam.”A prominent Euro-skeptic, Pearson has been an effective critic of the BBC’s pro-EU bias. He has argued the case for a more balanced approach to EU issues and succeeded in securing BBC management reviews of its reportage. Lord Pearson sits as a Crossbencher in the House of Lords.Together with Lord Stoddart of Swindon and Lord Harris of High Cross, he founded Global Britain which aims to “provide independent research into what has become the most important political and economic issue facing the UK: its relationship with the EU.”Pearson introduced, on 27 June 2003, the European Union (Implications of Withdrawal) Bill in the House of Lords. He has also been active in calling attention to the negative impact of moral relativism in education.Born on 20 July 1942, Malcolm Pearson was educated at Eton College. Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher made him a Life Peer in 1990.The Jerusalem Summit promotes global diplomatic strategies for the defense of the values of the Judeo-Christian civilization, including assertive diplomatic measures against gender apartheid and religious intolerance in the Moslem world, in the tradition of the historic U.S. Jackson-Vanik trade amendment.This law linked commercial benefits to domestic reform and liberalization in authoritarian regimes and eventually succeeded in pressuring the USSR to open its doors to freer Jewish emigration, effecting greater tolerance in the Soviet regime generally toward minority groups.Michael Cherney, a prominent international industrialist who made his fortune in Russia’s metals industry, immigrated to Israel in 1994. He devotes much of his time to charitable and humanitarian projects, which reinforce cooperation between Israel and other nations, and also in combating terrorism.His Fund to Aid Terror Victims assists hundreds of victims of terror attacks, and he sponsors or is involved in many other Israeli, American, European and Russian NGO’s that promote cooperation between Christians and Jews.Following his repatriation to Israel, Michael Cherney (Mikhail Chernoy) maintains business interests in Russia and post-Soviet states, while developing new business contacts between Russia, Europe, Israel, and the US.In Israel, Michael Cherney (Mikhail Chernoy) spends much effort on charity and humanitarian projects that reinforce cooperation between Israel and Russia in fighting terrorism.Michael Cherney (Mikhail Chernoy) established a Website for his Foundation on June 1, 2001, the night of the terrorist bombing outside the Dolphinarium Disco in Tel Aviv. When Michael Cherney learned the number of victims – 21 dead and over 150 wounded – he realized that rendering assistance required a systematic organized effort.Prior to 2001, Cherney was engaged in charity work in Russia, Ukraine, Central Asia, Bulgaria, the US – wherever he did business. He made valuable contributions into Jewish philanthropy in Russia. Following the Dolphinarium terrorist tragedy, the Cherney Fund became the helping hand for all its victims. In a misfortune like this, emigres from the former Soviet countries are even worse off than those born in Israel: they don’t have a support system or savings.The Cherney Fund, therefore, renders help mostly to the new arrivals, victims of catastrophes and terrorist acts that continue to bleed Israel, as well as to the low-income victims of terror in other countries. Another equally important task assumed by the Cherney Foundation is the media effort in war on terror.Shortly after the Dolphinarium attack, the Foundation published a book called Dolphinarium: Terror Targets the Young.The Michael Cherney Foundation has established grants for students from the former Soviet Union in all major Israel universities with an annual endowment of 1 million shekels.Mr. Cherney and his family live in a suburb of Tel Aviv.