Russian oligarch Alexander Lebedev is hit by sanctions in Canada after his son faced questions in UK over peerage
- Alexander Lebedev has been hit with assets freezes and a visa ban in Canada
- Mr Lebedev is a former KGB officer and father of the Evening Standard owner
- Mr Lebedev bought the newspapers in 2010 and then gave them to his son
Canada has sanctioned former Independent and Evening Stand owner Alexander Lebedev – father of the current owner of the papers and former KGB officer.
The Canadian government ordered visa bans and froze assets relating to 15 Russians close to the Kremlin – including Mr Lebedev.
The slew of financial measures also includes import bans for Russian luxury goods such as caviar, and export of Canadian jewelry, art and kitchenware to the pariah nation.
The Canadian government ordered visa bans and froze assets relating to 15 Russians close to the Kremlin – including Mr Lebedev
Canadian foreign minister Melanie Joy announced the moves on Friday as Canada steps up the pressure on Vladimir Putin’s regime over the war in Ukraine.
Alexander Lebedev bought the newspapers in 2010 before transferring the ownership to his son Evgeny.
He is still listed as a director of Independent Print Ltd which provides digital publishing services.
Evgeny Lebedev still owns the Evening Standard and is a minority shareholder of the Independent to publicly call for an end to the war in Ukraine in the days after the February 24 Russian invasion.
Evgeny was made Lord Lebedev of Hampton and Siberia in 2020, and is a known close ally of Boris Johnson.
Lord Lebedev holds British and Russian citizenship.
Evgeny Lebedev still owns the papers and used the Evening Standard to publicly call for an end to the war in Ukraine in the days after the February 24 Russian invasion
The Government defied instructions from the House of Commons over the vetting that Lebedev received before his elevation to the House of Lords.
He said at the time: ‘I have nothing to hide. I have no links to the Kremlin. Never even been inside apart from the museum.’
Mr Lebedev was a co-owner of Novaya Gazeta, Russia’s independent newspaper, that shut down last month due to a Kremlin censorship law.
Dmitry Muratov, the paper’s editor-in-chief and the winner of last year’s Nobel Prize for Literature, has defended the Lebedev family when sanctions were mooted saying the Russian businessman had bankrolled the dissenting paper in face of consequences.