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WILL GREIG SAY ‘DO SVIDANIYA’?: Rumors are flying that Geordie Greig, the longtime editor of the London-based Condé Nast style title Tatler, will be named editor-in-chief of London’s Evening Standard newspaper, when — and if — Russian billionaire Aleksandr Lebedev buys it. Lebedev, a former KGB agent, close pal of Mikhail Gorbachev and the owner of spectacular Stud House on the grounds of Hampton Court Palace, is in talks to buy the tabloid, which is edited by Veronica Wadley, and is known for its weekly ES Magazine — a newsy style glossy. The Russian is currently negotiating to buy a majority stake in the paper from Daily Mail & General Trust, and the deal is expected to be done by the end of the month. According to a report in The Guardian newspaper Friday, Lebedev has lined up his friend Greig to take over the helm, although nothing has been finalized. A spokesman for Lebedev did not return phone calls Friday. Evgeni Lebedev, Aleksandr’s son, who is working on the deal with his father, said: “Nothing is signed yet, so I can’t comment.” A spokeswoman for Condé Nast said Greig isn’t going anywhere — for the moment. “I see why people are making the leap. He and Geordie are extremely good friends, and they’ve known each other a long time. If Mr. Lebedev buys the title, he will inevitably have a conversation with Geordie about potential editors, but no conversations have taken place. It’s not at that stage,” she said. — Samantha Conti

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