Rus News Journal

Took debts on itself

Alexander Lebedev the Russian businessman will invest in Evening Standard

has got the London newspaper Evening Standard of holding Daily Mail and General Trust (DMGT) for the symbolical sum 1 pound sterling. According to English mass-media, vladeletsu National reserve bank and National reserve corporation to Alexander Lebedev will pass 75 % plus one action. Other part remains in hands of management company Associated Newspapers Limited belonging to lord Rotermeru. Thus, Alexander Lebedev became the first Russian, the knowing English printing edition.

according to the main chief executive DMGT Martin Morgan, after all losses which recently bore Evening Standard, the transaction will be equitable in the best way to interests of shareholders and employees of the company quotes The Financial Times. By different estimations, newspaper debts make from 10 million to 20 million pounds sterling which will be actually incurred by the new proprietor. One of these days it became known that the son of the Russian businessman Evgenie Lebedev became the director of the new company Evening Press Ltd registered in the end of the last year with an authorised capital stock in 40 million of pounds. One of shareholders Evening Press Ltd is editor Tatler of Dzhordi Grejg. It is supposed that it can become new editor-in-chief Evening Standard or will enter into an editorial board. Venture fund Justin Byam Shaw appears in record of proprietors of the new company also.

Chairman of board of directors DMGT lord Rotermer has noted 181 - summer history of the newspaper and its adherence to true ideals of journalism, writes The Guardian. He hopes that the new owner also divides principles of free journalism and will continue to invest in Evening Standard. In turn g - n Lebedev has assured English mass-media of the aspiration to an independent and democratic press. Earlier in conversation with daily it denied the interest to Evening Standard, but thus has not excluded possibility of purchase of one of the western editions. Besides, the day before there was an information on its negotiations with Rupertom Merdokom about purchase The Times.

In the end of October g - n Lebedev supervising together with the former president of the USSR by Michael Gorbachev of 49 % of actions the New newspaper from - for high costs has refused release of the edition the Moscow correspondent . After occurrence of the information on purchase g - nom Lebedev of the London newspaper the dismissed employees the Moscow correspondent have written the post card to the former owner. as - that strange turns out: 200 thousand rbl. on payment of fees to the Moscow journalists at you is not present, and millions on an English press it is not a pity! - journalists wrote.

The TV presenter and the editor-in-chief of magazine the Profile Michael Leontev does not find the rational reasons in Alexander Lebedev`s interest to Evening Standard. In conversation with daily he named purchase by the Russian of the oldest English edition nothing defensible foppery: This transaction, most likely, has no relation to business . Thus it supposes that purchase can carry imidzhevuju appeal to Lebedev. probably, it wanted to it to become the international media magnate - sneers g - n Leontev.