Media mogul Evgeny Lebedev says he is ‘not some agent of Russia’ – What We Know!

Evgeny Lebedev today said he is

Evgeny Lebedev at this time stated he’s ‘not some agent of Russia’ after it was claimed Boris Johnson intervened to override safety considerations about granting him a peerage. 

It was lately alleged that a safety companies evaluation saying the media mogul posed a nationwide safety threat was withdrawn after the PM received concerned. 

The peer acknowledged on Friday that his father, the Russian billionaire Alexander Lebedev, was ‘a very long time in the past’ a KGB officer however denied being ‘a safety threat to this nation’.

Lord Lebedev’s assertion to his Night Commonplace web site got here because the UK hits Kremlin-supporting oligarchs with sanctions over the invasion of Ukraine.  

The Sunday Instances reported {that a} damning evaluation of the Moscow-born businessman was withdrawn by the safety companies after the Prime Minister personally intervened.

Evgeny Lebedev at this time stated he’s ‘not some agent of Russia’ after it was claimed Boris Johnson intervened to override safety considerations about granting him a peerage

Labour chief Sir Keir Starmer referred to as for the parliamentary Intelligence and Safety Committee to analyze the ‘matter of nationwide safety’.

However Mr Johnson has denied intervening, saying it was ‘merely incorrect’ to counsel he influenced the intelligence companies after they reportedly suggested towards giving a Lords’ seat to Mr Lebedev.  

Lord Lebedev wrote: ‘In the intervening time many with Russian roots are below scrutiny, together with myself.

‘I perceive the rationale for this as it’s inevitable when occasions of such magnitude happen and the world order as we now have identified it in latest a long time all of a sudden will get torn up.

‘However I’m not a safety threat to this nation, which I like. My father a very long time in the past was a overseas intelligence agent of the KGB, however I’m not some agent of Russia.

‘I’ll have a Russian identify however that makes me no much less a dedicated or proud British citizen than anybody else on this nation of ours.

‘Being Russian doesn’t mechanically make one an enemy of the state, and it’s essential we don’t descend into Russiaphobia, like another phobia, bigotry or discrimination.’ 

The crossbench peer pointed to his use of the Commonplace’s entrance web page on which he appealed final week for Vladimir Putin to finish his invasion to indicate he’s a critic of the conflict.

He stated he was publishing his newest ‘assertion from the proprietor’ as a result of ‘accusations are coming from credible media outfits who’re posing unbelievable inquiries to me so I really feel I’ve no possibility however to reply’.

Mr Johnson warned towards permitting a ‘witch hunt’ towards Russians within the UK when he was grilled earlier this week on the claims that he pressured spooks to water down their evaluation of Mr Lebedev. 

Requested if he intervened to safe Mr Lebedev a peerage, Mr Johnson stated: ‘That’s merely incorrect… What I can let you know is that it fits Putin’s agenda to attempt to characterise this as a wrestle between the West and Russia.

Mr Johnson has denied intervening, saying it was 'simply incorrect' to suggest he influenced the intelligence services after they reportedly advised against giving a Lords' seat to Mr Lebedev

Mr Johnson has denied intervening, saying it was ‘merely incorrect’ to counsel he influenced the intelligence companies after they reportedly suggested towards giving a Lords’ seat to Mr Lebedev

‘It fits his agenda to say that the UK, that we in Nato international locations, are anti-Russia, European international locations are actually anti-Russian.

‘It’s very, very, essential that we get the message over that we’re not anti-Russian, we’re not towards Russians. Our quarrel is solely with the regime and the aggression of Vladimir Putin.’ 

Nonetheless, Mr Johnson sidestepped a query about whether or not he met Lord Lebedev in March 2020, on the top of the primary wave of the coronavirus pandemic, to debate the peerage.  

Lord Lebedev took his seat within the Home of Lords in December 2020 as Baron Lebedev of Hampton and Siberia.