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Alexander Lebedev quits Independent role after Canada sanctions

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The Russian oligarch Alexander Lebedev has quit his role at the Independent, shortly after being placed under economic sanctions by Canada for “directly enabling” the Russian war in Ukraine.It means the former KGB agent now has no formal role at the British news outlet, in a move that may protect the Independent from any issues relating to the sanctions.Canada last week named Lebedev on a list of 14 prominent people who had “directly enabled Vladimir Putin’s senseless war in Ukraine and bear responsibility for the pain and suffering of the people of Ukraine”.

Canadian individuals and businesses are now banned from conducting business with him and connected entities.The 62-year-old Russian bought the Independent for £1 in 2010, having previously taken control of London’s Evening Standard for the same sum the previous year.

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