'No connection with Cambridge Analytica CEO,' says Russian ambassador to London

Alexander Nix, CEO of Cambridge Analytica at the offices of Cambridge Analytica in central London, Britain, March 20, 2018. Photograph:( Reuters )

Reuters London, UK Mar 22, 2018, 01.20 PM (IST)

Russia did not have any links to Cambridge Analytica, Russia's ambassador in London Alexander Yakovenko said on Thursday.

Yakovenko was asked why he was once pictured beside Alexander Nix, the now suspended chief executive of Cambridge Analytica.

"One day I was invited to the Windsor (polo) club, and the main prize was the Russia vodka, Ivan the Terrible. And the organisers asked me ... why don't you give the prize to all the members of the team," he said.

"I gave the prize to maybe 10 people, 12 people, and that was the only time that I met this gentlemen," Yakovenko said at a briefing in the embassy in London. "But the picture is good, I like it."

"We didn't have any contacts with Cambridge Analytica... We didn't have any connections, we didn't meet with anybody, and that was the only time, when I met this gentleman in the Windsor polo club," he said.