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.

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