Russia tycoon punches billionaire on TV

2011-09-18 19:32

Moscow - Russian tycoon Alexander Lebedev has punched a fellow billionaire on a television panel show after a discussion on the financial crisis degenerated into petty name-calling.

Ledebev, a former KGB operative and owner of two major newspapers in the United Kingdom, wrote on his blog that property developer Sergei Polonsky had earned the clobbering by behaving abusively throughout the recording of the programme.

In a preview clip posted on the NTV channel's website ahead of the show airing on Sunday, Polonsky is seen saying that he sometimes felt like "bashing [Lebedev] in the face," prompting the newspaper owner to jump to his feet.

After sitting back down, Lebedev then swiftly delivered a sucker punch, sending Polonsky tumbling to the ground.

Punch-ups and heated exchanges between guests are a common on Russian political discussion shows.

  • Jack_Parow - 2011-09-18 20:10

    love it!

  • Ginseng - 2011-09-18 20:27

    As a United supporter I'm stoked we won but I would hardly say we crushed Chelsea. To be honest, based on the chances both sides had, a draw would have been a fair result. Our defense was a bit shaky and it shows that we need a bit more experience (either Vidic or Rio) despite the good start we've made. Other than his miss, Torres had his best game yet for Chelsea and maybe he can kick on from here.

      negro.please - 2011-09-18 20:29

      I think you've posted in the wrong spot and now you've gone and spoilt it for me coz I'm watching the game later.

      negro.please - 2011-09-18 20:30

      But I still think Torres is done!

  • negro.please - 2011-09-18 20:27

    Do you become a tycoon before a billionaire or a billionaire before a tycoon?

  • lukas2 - 2011-09-19 13:02

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