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Evgeny Lebedev to take Lords title reflecting Russian roots and adopted home in London

The part owner of The Independent was ennobled for services to media industry and philanthropic work

Andrew Woodcock
Tuesday 24 November 2020 00:08 GMT
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Evgeny Lebedev, pictured delivering food for The Independent’s Help The Hungry campaign, was nominated for a peerage by the prime minister in the summer
Evgeny Lebedev, pictured delivering food for The Independent’s Help The Hungry campaign, was nominated for a peerage by the prime minister in the summer (Hannah Harley Young)

Evgeny Lebedev, a major shareholder in The Independent, is to take a title reflecting his adopted home of London and his roots in Russia when he enters the House of Lords.

His full title will be Baron Lebedev, of Hampton in the London Borough of Richmond on Thames and of Siberia in the Russian Federation.

Mr Lebedev was nominated for a life peerage by Prime Minister Boris Johnson in July this year and is due to be sworn in to the upper house of parliament next month. He will sit as a crossbench peer.

Mr Lebedev was ennobled for his services to the media industry and his philanthropic work. As well as his involvement in the UK media landscape, through ownership of The Independent and Evening Standard, Mr Lebedev has led campaigns raising more than £75m for charities, including those dedicated to preserving wildlife and helping to feed vulnerable people.

Speaking shortly after his nomination, he said he felt “great pride” in becoming the first Russian peer and would use his position to fight for freedom of speech and expression.

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