The owner of British Evening Standard, Alexander Lebedev, invited to the editorial board of former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and author of books about Harry Potter Joanne Rowling, reports The Telegraph.
According to Lebedev, Mikhail Gorbachev, who visited the headquarters of the morning Evening Standard 12 March, has already made a preliminary agreement on cooperation.
As a businessman, now he does not intend to buy other publications, and plans to put part of the securities Evening Standard on the Exchange.
Lebedev has acquired a controlling stake in the newspaper Evening Standard in January 2009. Negotiations between Russian businessmen and a group of DMGT, owner of the shares of Evening Standard, lasted about a year. According to The Guardian, the possibility of selling a British newspaper, former KGB agent "was discussed at the governmental level.
Alexander Lebedev and Mikhail Gorbachev jointly own 49 percent of the shares "Novaya Gazeta". In September 2008 they announced their intention to establish a joint party and participate in the Russian parliamentary elections of 2011.