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03/07/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Alexander Lebedev, New Evening Standard Owner, Tells Media: Drop KGB Tag

The Russian oligarch who has purchased the London Evening Standard made an appeal for the British media to refrain from branding him as a former agent for the KGB.

Alexander Lebedev said the term gave a misleading and outdated impression of his background. "I personally would advise to use 'foreign intelligence' [rather] than KGB, which is a notorious concept in people's minds," he said in an interview with ITV News broadcast this evening.

"And then the KGB has ceased to exist in '91? and I left the job in '92. So it has nothing to do with that. If I were a gynaecologist for example, would you ask me the question 'Why did you buy the Evening Standard?' "

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