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The Independent's Publisher Yevgeny Lebedev Will Get A Seat In The House Of Lords

The Independent's Publisher Yevgeny Lebedev Will Get A Seat In The House Of Lords

Russian-born businessman and publisher of the Evening Standard and the Independent Newspapers Yevgeny Lebedev will receive a peerage and a seat in the house of lords of Britain, the BBC reports.

The British media has repeatedly written about the friendly relations of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson with Lebedev. The Times wrote that the businessman invited Boris Johnson, when he was head of the British foreign office, to parties at the family estate near Perugia in Italy.

The Evening Standard and the Independent Newspapers were bought in 2009-2010 by businessman Alexander Lebedev, father of Yevgeny Lebedev, for a symbolic 1 pound. Lebedev Sr. then became the first Russian citizen to own a major British newspaper.

In addition to Yevgeny Lebedev, there are 35 other people on the new list of life peers. It also includes the Prime Minister's brother Jo Johnson, who previously left the country's government due to disagreement with Boris Johnson's views on Britain's exit from the EU, former Finance Ministers Philip Hammond, and Ken Clarke, as well as former Prime Minister Theresa May's husband Philip.

The house of lords is the upper house of the British Parliament and currently has 773 members. The speaker of the house of lords, Lord Fowler, said that the appointment of the new 36 members is a political u-turn.

"This list of new peers means losing the ability to reduce the size of the house of lords," Fowler said, as quoted by the Huffington Post. According to him, the house of lords will soon be larger than the house of Commons by almost 200 members.