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When oligarchs attack: Moment Russian media mogul Lebvedev 'neutralised' fellow billionaire on TV
Daily Mail ^ | 09/19/11 | Ted Thornhill

Posted on 09/18/2011 8:24:37 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster

When oligarchs attack: Moment Russian media mogul Lebvedev 'neutralised' fellow billionaire on TV

By Ted Thornhill

Last updated at 1:30 AM on 19th September 2011

Alexander Lebedev, who owns The Independent and Evening Standard, unleashed a flurry of punches on another businessman taking part in a TV debate on the global economic crisis.

In front of an astonished studio audience, the Russian billionaire landed a series of blows on oligarch Sergei Polonsky's head, knocking him off his chair.

Afterwards Lebedev claimed that he’d had to ‘neutralise’ Polonsky because he feared he was going to be hit first.

The incredible scene took place during the filming of a debate on television channel NTV, due to be aired today.

Moments before the attack Polonsky had announced that he wanted to ‘stick one in the mouth’.

Lebedev, who used to be a KGB agent and now owns The Independent and London Evening Standard, took to his blog to defend his use of violence, claiming that Polonsky had been overly aggressive during the discussion.


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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: brawl; lebedev; oligarch; russia
The guy is lean and mean with an icy smile. So he is an owner of left-wing rag "Independent" ? I wonder how rabid lefties at Independent cope with their boss everyday? I suppose face-to-face confrontation is not their choice. LOL.
1 posted on 09/18/2011 8:24:46 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Hmmmmmm seems as though there was a disagreement.


2 posted on 09/18/2011 8:29:07 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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When he took over Independent, Lebedev reportedly said,

"I invest in institutions which contribute to democracy and transparency"

I suppose he advocates free 'transparent' form of expression.

Lebedev biography at Wikipedia.org has already had an update:

In September 2011 while appearing on a Russian television programme, he punched a fellow guest, property developer Sergei Polonsky.[9] Lebedev claimed afterwards that he had reacted to Polonsky's threat of violence towards him.[10]

3 posted on 09/18/2011 8:34:21 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (The way to crush the bourgeois is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation)
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wow.... as I saw headline and started to read article I was assuming it was about some verbal onslaught..... it’s pretty shocking that anyone of such stature and wealth has so little basic self-control.....

what is that, the Jerry Springer Show???


4 posted on 09/18/2011 8:42:03 PM PDT by Enchante
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To: Enchante

Apparently, the show’ topic was about “global economy.” :-)


5 posted on 09/18/2011 8:44:59 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (The way to crush the bourgeois is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation)
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>Lebedev claimed that he’d had to ‘neutralise’ Polonsky because he feared he was going to be hit first.<

nuff said’.


6 posted on 09/18/2011 8:53:32 PM PDT by max americana (FUBO NATION 2012 FK BARAK)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

I may be misremembering things, but isn’t that substantially the same ploy that Russia used when invading Georgia?


7 posted on 09/18/2011 9:03:02 PM PDT by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: Zeppo

I think you are right. Russia said to the effect that it felt ‘threatened’ by Georgia.


8 posted on 09/18/2011 9:08:37 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (The way to crush the bourgeois is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation)
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That pretty much sums up my personal experience with all the Russians I’ve met.


9 posted on 09/18/2011 11:28:17 PM PDT by GreatRoad (O < 0)
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Check out the graphic in the background. The U.S. one dollar bill in flames with George Washington looking horrified. It’s so appropriate.


10 posted on 09/19/2011 2:46:03 AM PDT by Victoria_R (Believers in VERY small government: Count Mountjoy/Benter in 2012!!!)
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Oh, I just notice the writing says "One hundred" and some zeroes were added to account for inflation/devaluing of U.S. money. That's even more appropriate.
11 posted on 09/19/2011 2:51:57 AM PDT by Victoria_R (Believers in VERY small government: Count Mountjoy/Benter in 2012!!!)
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Yep, the talk show is about global economy alright.:-)


12 posted on 09/19/2011 3:49:05 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (The way to crush the bourgeois is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation)
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My bet is there are quite a few dead bodies associated with how Mr. Lebedev acquired his billions.


13 posted on 09/19/2011 6:13:15 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Palin is coming, and the Tea Party is coming with her.)
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The guy is a former KGB officer. People would get out of his way for that reason alone, unless you are either another ex-KGB man or from comparable organizations such as military intelligence or Red Army. Still some probably managed to step on his toes and met some ‘uncomfortable’ consequence.
14 posted on 09/19/2011 6:40:53 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (The way to crush the bourgeois is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation)
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