Russian media mogul Alexander Lebedev, who owns two UK newspapers, has punched a fellow guest off his seat during a televised economic debate in Moscow.
Mr Lebedev, owner of the Independent and Evening Standard, hit former real estate businessmen Sergei Polonsky with two right hooks, sending him off the back of the platform.
Mr Lebedev said Mr Polonsky had been aggressive throughout the debate, which is to be aired on NTV on Sunday. “I neutralised him,” Mr Lebedev said.
Just prior to the attack, Mr Polonsky told the other guests he wanted to “stick one in the mouth”. Mr Lebedev stands, turns to the audience and then sits back down, only to launch immediately into a two-punch attack that sends Mr Polonsky sprawling.
Mr Lebedev, who also co-owns the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta with former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and is the largest private share holder in Aeroflot, used his blog to try to justify the assault.
“In a critical situation, there is no choice. I see no reason to be hit with the first shot. I neutralised him.”
- BBC News
Sighhh… tell me again about this ‘fit and proper’ test for media ownership?!