Russian oligarch punches rival in TV debate

Alexander Lebedev decides to resolve dispute with fellow tycoon by hitting him during televised forum.

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    Problems in the world economy can stir up strong passions, but not usually in the course of a TV debate between Russian wealthy tycoons.

    Alexander Lebedev, former KGB spy and owner of Britain's Evening Standard and The Independent, was on a short fuse during a forum on the issue.

    After Sergei Polonsky, a fellow oligarch, said he was tired of "useless" discussions and would rather beat someone instead, Lebedev took him at his word and started punching.

    Al Jazeera's Peter Sharp reports.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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