Let's sort out the financial crisis with a fist fight!

Now, THIS is the sort of thing we want from our captains of industry as they navigate us all through the choppy waters of financial meltdown – man-on-man violence.

Witness former KGB agent and Russian billionaire Alexander Lebedev, owner of the Independent and Evening Standard newspapers, seen here in heavyweight TV debate over the financial crisis in his homeland. Heavyweight in every sense of the word – Lebedev took umbrage at something or other that was said by ex-real estate baron Sergei Polonsky and duly planted one on him.

Lebedev justified his actions by saying: “In a critical situation, there is no choice. I see no reason to be hit with the first shot. I neutralised him. KERPOW!!” Obviously we made up the “KERPOW!” bit although we suspect he actually said that later on while speaking off the record.

Tremendous stuff. For us the best bit is clearly Lebedev’s combat-style stance as he waits for the non-existent retaliation from his bewildered tormentor.


  • steven
  • Dick
    From what I can tell, they are arguing over the price of polonium. No doubt one of them is going to get a free sample soon.
  • The B.
    Apparently Polonsky's previous sentence was something along the lines of "I will punch him in the mouth", he'd allegedly been abuse the whole way through the "debate" (according to Lebedev).
  • Alexis
    More of a kerfuffle than a proper fight
  • Phil76
    Looks like some 80's James bond super villian in that suit
  • Duncan
    LOL we need this kind of thing on UK tv, you can't beat seeing businessmen throwing 'dad' punches!
  • JD64
    Nice to see Will Ferrell on the right of that panel.
  • Bialy O.
    No. Way. Russians acting disgracefully. Almost as unlikely as a bunch of toothless, tattooed Union-Jack short wearers 'having it done' in Benidorm.
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