THE prime minister has explained that Lord Lebedev of Siberia is a true English gentleman who enjoys nothing more than a game of cricket on the Nenetsky tundra.
Johnson, who ennobled the scion of a KGB agent against the advice of security services last year, told media that nobody could be more British than the Moscow-born millionaire.
He continued: “Eugene? He makes me look Russian, and I have the perfectly Home Counties name Boris.
“He likes nothing more than walking his pet wolf, also called Boris, along Hampstead Heath while sipping black tea from a china teacup with his pinky extended, discoursing on writers like Dostoyevsky and Gogol and how they make Dickens look ‘like sheethead’.
“An invitation to his charming home in the grounds of Hampton Court Palace, or ‘dacha’ as he calls it, leaves you in no doubt of his Englishness. It’s covered in paintings of royalty like Nicholas II or Ivan Vasilyevich and he’s hired George Osborne as a butler.
“Lebby, as I call him, is also a terrific laugh. Once he starts knocking back the vodka why, he’s sexist, deeply prejudiced and prone to sudden outbursts of violence – the very image of a proper British lad.”