Canadian government sanctions former KGB agent Alexander Lebedev

The Canadian government has imposed sanctions on the father of British peer and media mogul Evgeny Lebedev, whose peerage has come under increased scrutiny in recent weeks.

Boris Johnson pushed forward the honor for his friend in 2020 despite Britain’s security services advising against it, according to the Sunday Times.

Alexander Lebedev, a former KGB agent who made money in post-Soviet Russia, was on the latest list of people considered close to the Russian regime by Canada.

The list includes: “Russian oligarchs, their family members and close associates who were sanctioned for directly enabling Vladimir Putin’s senseless war in Ukraine and bear responsibility for the pain and suffering of the Ukrainian people.”

But questions have been raised about the security concerns that were allegedly raised about him at the time. Lord Lebedev has previously denied being a security risk and said he is a proud British citizen.

Deputy Labor leader Angela Rayner said her party was clear that anyone with KGB links should be punished, and said the Tories had been ‘too slow and too soft’ to impose sanctions on those with ties to Putin.

She said Johnson was breaking the rules to protect his friends and said he had not released critical information about junior Lebedev’s nomination for the House of Lords, despite concerns from the security services.

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