“Baron of Siberia”: businessman Evgeny Lebedev becomes the first Russian member of the UK House of Lords

The owner of the newspapers The Independent and Evening Standard was nominated for a lifetime title in July by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Russian-British businessman Evgeny Lebedev, owner of The Independent and Evening Standard newspapers, has become into a Member of the House of Lords with an official title that reflects both his London adoptive home and his Russian roots.

The full title, bestowed on the magnate for life by Queen Elizabeth II, is ‘Baron Lebedev, of Hampton in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and of Siberia in the Russian Federation’, informs the government newspaper The London Gazette.

Lebedev was nominated for a life title last July by Prime Minister Boris Johnson and is scheduled to be sworn in before the Upper House of Parliament in December.

According The Independent Y Evening Standard, Lebedev received the title for his services to the media industry and his philanthropic work. Speaking shortly after his nomination, the businessman was “very proud” to become the first Russian peer and assured that he will use his position to fight for freedom of expression.

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