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Alexander Lebedev said the term gave a misleading and outdated impression of his background.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?' "