Tycoon gets community service for telly brawl
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A NEWSPAPER tycoon was given 150 hours of community service after being found guilty of assault for punching a talk show guest.
Alexander Lebedev, 53, (above) who owns Novaya Gazeta in Russia and The Independent and Evening Standard in Britain, punched property developer Sergei Polonsky during a TV talk show in 2011.
Lebedev dismissed the criminal case as politically motivated.
Prosecutors dropped hooliganism charges against him that could have landed him in jail.
Mr Lebedev made his money in banking but has said he was being forced to sell his assets because of pressure by Russia’s Federal Security Service, the main KGB successor agency.
The charges refer to an incident when Mr Lebedev punched flamboyant tycoon Mr Polonsky during a TV discussion of the financial crisis.