Skip to comments.When oligarchs attack: Moment Russian media mogul Lebvedev 'neutralised' fellow billionaire on TV
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 hed 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.
(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...
Hmmmmmm seems as though there was a disagreement.
"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. Lebedev claimed afterwards that he had reacted to Polonsky's threat of violence towards him.
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???
Apparently, the show’ topic was about “global economy.” :-)
>Lebedev claimed that hed had to neutralise Polonsky because he feared he was going to be hit first.<
I may be misremembering things, but isn’t that substantially the same ploy that Russia used when invading Georgia?
I think you are right. Russia said to the effect that it felt ‘threatened’ by Georgia.
That pretty much sums up my personal experience with all the Russians I’ve met.
Check out the graphic in the background. The U.S. one dollar bill in flames with George Washington looking horrified. It’s so appropriate.
Yep, the talk show is about global economy alright.:-)
My bet is there are quite a few dead bodies associated with how Mr. Lebedev acquired his billions.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.