Fostul spion KGB la Londra Alexandr Lebedev cumparase si Evening Standard în ianuarie. Potrivit The Times, Lebedev se gândeste sa apeleze pentru relansara publicatiei la fostul director al BBC Greg Dyke sau la prezentatorul Newsnight, Jeremy Paxman.
In ianuarie, Lebedev a obtinut 500 milioane Euro lichiditati în urma vânzarii actiunilor pe care le avea la Aeroflot intr-o tranzactie aprobata chiar de Putin.
The sale of Mr Lebedev’s £450 million stake in the airline Aeroflot and other assets back to the Russian Government led some to question his reputation as a critic of the Kremlin as well as his motivation for buying the titles. Lebedev told The Times then that he would support a free press. He said that he had identified five million Britons as “liberal democrats . . . who really need The Independent in a way it used to be”.