Former KGB agent Alexander Lebedev is an outspoken member of parliament and one of the world's richest men (no. 237 on the Forbes list). He's also an active blogger. Blogging has become a popular way to avoid state controls over the media, and in his daily updates Lebedev gives a mix of oligarch's diary and political rant. Here's a random hit.—S.K.
This journal isn't meant to document every move I make. It's not a chronicle of the public service performance of Alexander Yevgeniyevich Lebedev, citizen of the Russian Federation. It's not part of my political campaign. And it's not the bastard child of PR. On the contrary, it's very much above anything mercantile since it doesn't cost me anything—not a cent, not a kopeck, only soul-searching and nerves. Here I write about only what I think is important to discuss with you, those who read this journal.