Former KGB agent tries to buy The Evening Standard

Russian billionaire Alexander Lebedev is understood to have made an approach to buy the London Evening Standard, can reveal.

Former KGB agent Lebedev, who is part-owner of Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, is understood to have been rebuffed by Lord Rothermere,
Lebedev senior, who last September announced the launch of a political party with former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, holds a 49% in independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta, the paper which employed murdered journalist Anna Politkovskaya, a critic of the Kremlin.
The younger Lebedev, Evgeny, is well known on the London social scene - he has been linked with actor Joely Richardson
These are believed to include dramatically slashing the cover price and turning the Evening Standard into a freesheet.

Despite the fact that the Evening Standard is loss-making...

It is not a big problem for mr.Lebedev. He knows how to attract readers. Namely his 'newspaper' Moscow reporter spead rumours that mr.Putin planned to divorce and marry ms.Kabayva - handsome champion gymnast.

If enving Standards would be in the hands of the former KGB agent then I Fancy the newspaper would be very 'interesting', maybe even more interesting than NoW and definetely it would put the Sun into the shadow.
jonwilly said:
Sock it to em Sergey.

I just have realised John, that I mistakenly put it to the Current Events section. I deserves NAAFI no doubt.

However there is a serious aspect of the story. If Western company would wish to buy Russian newspaper or/and TV then such a request could be denied and complains about absence of freedom of speech would be rejected.

From financial point of view it would be reasonable to sell the Evening Standard. So the cause of the reaction of the owners was rather political than founded on business considerations.
Sod it... I was wondering why my postings to the 'Evening Standards' have your say forums have been blocked. Maybe its all the 'Nice Things' I have been saying about Gormless Broone and Lordy Mandelprat.... But hey, some of the other posters have said even worse things what I done said.... hehehehe

or is it my bletherings? :p :p

Today, your Evening Standard - one of London's great iconic institutions - has a new future. In a deal signed this morning, the Standard has been acquired from the Daily Mail and General Trust by the Russian billionaire businessman Alexander Lebedev and his son, Evgeny.

Both sides hailed the new arrangement, under which DMGT will retain a minority stake in the paper, as being in the best interests of the Standard's staff, readers, advertisers and Londoners.
Mr Lebedev, 49, who made his fortune in banking and has considerable interests in the airline Aeroflot and the energy company Gazprom, has admitted working for the KGB while serving at the Soviet Embassy in London in the 1980s.

He has deflected questions about spying by saying that he was opposed to communism but served his country as a patriot. It was while he was working at the embassy, studying the British newspapers, that he says he fell in love with the Evening Standard.

Ex-KGB spy buys UK paper for £1


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Who fcuking cares. Its a right wing lies rag anyway. Lets face it, assuming that this will become the official overseas propaganda sheet for the Putin ("Oh, honest, Guv, I'm an EX - KGB officer, I swear...), it couldn't print any more reactionary and hysterical crap if it tried.
Quite interesting really . . . . . You couldn't get two different owners of the Standard could you?

One is a creepy, covert minded individual who has shrouded himself in lies, half-truths and skulduggery to the highest order. Lived a life of death, personal injury and lives in fear of revenge and retribution.
The other is an ex-KGB agent.

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