VIDEO: Russian Oligarch Lebedev Punches Fellow TV Guest In The Face
12:53 pm, September 18th | by Hillary Reinsberg
On American Sunday talk shows, conversations sometimes get heated. On Russian Sunday talk shows, schoolyard-style throw-downs sometimes occur! That’s what happened between two billionaire oligarchs on Russian TV. Watch as one of Russia’s best and brightest “neutralizes,” i.e. punches, a fellow oligarch in the head, action movie style…you know you want to.
Alexander Lebedev, a media mogul and former KGB officer, and Sergei Polonsky, a real estate developer, appeared on a program together, and things got heated. In the clip, Polonsky manages to irritate Lebedev such that Lebedev gets up from his seat and punches Polonsky, sending Polonsky flying out of his chair and on to the ground.
Lededev, who earlier this summer expressed interest in buying News of the World (previous evidence that the guy’s a little crazy), explained that Polonsky had behaved inappropriately and had to be “neutralized.”
After the fact, Polonsky apparently claimed that he’d ripped his jeans and hurt his hand. Lebedev’s response? “He was hit in the face and he’s showing off a hole in the backside of his trousers. Strange.”