Canada has sanctioned former Independent and Evening Stand owner Alexander Lebedev – the father of the current owner of the papers and a former KGB officer.
The Canadian government has ordered a visa ban and an asset freeze involving 15 Russians close to the Kremlin – including Mr. Lebedev.
A series of financial measures also include an import ban on Russian luxury goods such as caviar, and the export of Canadian jewelry, art and kitchenware to the pariah nation.
The Canadian government has ordered a visa ban and an asset freeze involving 15 Russians close to the Kremlin – including Mr. Lebedev
Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Joy announced the moves Friday as Canada ramps up pressure on Vladimir Putin’s regime over the war in Ukraine.
Alexander Lebedev bought the newspapers in 2010 before transferring 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 following the February 24 Russian invasion.
Evgeny is made Lord Lebedev of Hampton and Siberia in 2020, and is a close ally of Boris Johnson.
Lord Lebedev holds British and Russian citizenship.
Evgeny Lebedev still owns the papers and uses the Evening Standard to publicly call for an end to the war in Ukraine in the days following the February 24 Russian invasion
The government defied a directive from the House of Commons on the assessment that Lebedev received before being elevated to the House of Commons.
He said at the time: ‘I have nothing to hide. I have no affiliation with the Kremlin. Never even been inside the museum. ‘
Mr. Lebedev is a co-owner of Novaya Gazeta, an independent Russian newspaper, which closed last month due to Kremlin censorship laws.
Dmitry Muratov, the newspaper’s editor-in-chief and winner of last year’s Nobel Prize in Literature, defended the Lebedev family when sanctions were introduced saying the Russian businessman had paid for the dissident newspaper’s paper. to face the consequences.