From British press:
Revealed: Brexit backer Arron Banks’s golden Kremlin connection
The hidden scale of Kremlin links to the biggest donor to the Brexit campaign are revealed today. Arron Banks, the millionaire businessman who helped fund Brexit, was offered a business deal involving six Russian goldmines. He also had undisclosed meetings with the Russian ambassador to Britain — set up by a suspected Russian spy — and paid a previously unknown visit to Moscow at the height of the campaign. The revelations raise explosive questions about attempts by Moscow to influence the referendum result. Emails by Banks and his sidekick, Andy Wigmore, shown to The Sunday Times, reveal the men made repeated contact with Russian officials to discuss business opportunities and issues of mutual interest during the referendum campaign and its aftermath.
Brexit's secret Putin connection: Nigel Farage's bankroller met Russian envoy three times then hooked him up with Trump's team, as MI5 is urged to act
Explosive new claims of Russian meddling in the Brexit referendum emerged last night as it was revealed that the millionaire who bankrolled the Leave campaign had a series of secret meetings with Vladimir Putin's UK envoy. Arron Banks had three meetings with Russian ambassador Alexander Yakovenko, fresh evidence shows, despite previously claiming to have had only a 'boozy lunch' with him. Leaked emails written by Banks and his Leave.EU right-hand-man Andy Wigmore – both close friends of ex-Ukip leader Nigel Farage – allegedly show they were in close contact with Russian officials throughout the referendum campaign and afterwards. Former Ukip donor Mr Banks is also said to have given Russian officials telephone numbers for members of Donald Trump's presidential transition team, just days after he and Mr Farage visited Trump Tower in the wake of the shock US election result. The cache of messages will be considered by the Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, which is investigating Russia's attempts to subvert democracy with 'fake news'. Mr Banks and Mr Wigmore last night set the stage for an electrifying hearing of the inquiry on Tuesday, vowing that they would give evidence to committee chairman Damian Collins about their emails being 'hacked'.
That explains why was the UKIP leadership forced to resign shortly after the referendum. British intelligence services must have known it during the campaign but the public was never told. Had they media been told what was really going on, Brexit would probably have never passed the vote!