40-year-old publisher Evgeny Lebedev became a life peer so he would sit in the upper house of UK Parliament – the House of lords. The list of persons who are granted the title of a peer, approved by Queen Elizabeth II, said on the government portal.
Lebedev, son of Russian billionaire Alexander Lebedev, childhood living in the UK, in 2010 he received the citizenship of this country. He owns the company, which publishes Newspapers The Evening Standard and The Independent, and also controls the TV channel London Live.
In the list of the Queen Lebedev is specified as crossbencher, that is, the peer does not belong to any political party. However, the publication of The Spectator, asserts that the title sought Prime Minister Boris Johnson, a longtime friend of Lebedev. Perhaps the Prime Minister hopes for positive coverage of their activities in the media of the new peer, said in a note.
Johnson and Lebedev friendship with the 2000s years. In 2015, they participated in the campaign to raise funds to help needy veterans of the British army – spent the night on the street as homeless.