Fascinating story here for those with time to read it. The Independent is one of England’s major papers (and I am discounting the myriad tabloids over there) and one of its main claims to fame is that it “boasts”? Robert Fisk as its MidEast correspondent.
That’s however, beyond the point. The fascinating thing is that a Russian oligarch, who already owns one major paper in England, may by another - the said Independent. I suppose the equivalent would be a Russian oligarch buying the Chicago Sun-Times in America and impressing his views on the paper. The Russians form quite the rich emigre community in England, with many opponents to Putin at least able to reside there - some quite unlucky like the poisoned Litvinenko.
The thing with the ex-KGB man in focus here is that people seem undecided as to whether he is one of the “good guys” (i.e. opposing Putin, Stalinism) or not, to simplify matters.
Anyway, it’s an interesting article worth the read, and the link is to one of the Independent’s rivals, the right-wing Daily Telegraph, whose former owner Conrad Black coincidentally is a devout Catholic doing time in a Florida jail cell right now on white-collar crime charges. What a crazy little world we live in.