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Reports: Russian oligarch seeks British newspaper

Reports: Russian oligarch seeks British newspaper

British media are reporting that Russian billionaire Alexander Lebedev is trying to buy London's Evening Standard newspaper.
The Guardian newspaper says Lebedev will take a controlling 76-percent stake in the afternoon paper. The BBC says he has made an offer.
The Evening Standard's owner, Daily Mail and General Trust, declined to comment Thursday.
Lebedev could not immediately be reached. He was quoted Thursday in The Guardian as saying that if he became owner he would not interfere with the paper's editorial line.
Lebedev is ranked by Forbes magazine as the world's 358th richest man.
Lebedev is a former Russian intelligence agent. He also is part owner of the Novaya Gazeta newspaper, which has been critical of the Russian government.


Updated : 2020-11-30 10:54 GMT+08:00