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  • Man punched by Lebedev 'appeared high on drugs'

    Man punched by Lebedev 'appeared high on drugs'

    A WITNESS at Alexander Lebedev's trial in Moscow today claimed that the businessman he punched on a TV chat show appeared to be high on drugs and had provoked him. German Sterligov, also a guest on the show, said it could easily have been him in court instead because he might have struck Sergei Polonsky before Mr Lebedev, who faces up to five years in jail if convicted of hooliganism motivated by political hatred. Mr Lebedev was accompanied in court by his wife, Russian model Elena Perminova

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    June 3, 2013 at 13:59 // Source: "London Evening Standard". 31.05.2013

  • Brawling Russian Billionaire Gets to Go to Disneyland

    Brawling Russian Billionaire Gets to Go to Disneyland

    Russian media magnate Alexander Lebedev, on trial for punching a flamboyant businessman during a TV talk show, has been allowed to leave the country for a trip that includes Disneyland in Paris. Lebedev, who owns the UK’s The Independent daily and co-owns Russian opposition newspaper Novaya Gazeta, was granted permission by a Moscow court on Friday to temporarily leave Russia to attend charity events in Zambia and Ukraine, as well as a High Court session in London

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    June 3, 2013 at 13:48 // Source: "RIA Novosti". 31.05.2013

  • Lebedev's 'comical' trial descends into farce

    Lebedev's 'comical' trial descends into farce

    Already, the Moscow court has heard from witnesses who say they were approached by plainclothes men and asked to testify that they had watched the programme. Yesterday, it was the turn of the defence to call witnesses, including another participant in the programme, German Sterligov, formerly a businessman who nearly a decade ago withdrew to the Russian countryside. He lives in Tolstoyan, in religious solitude, in an isolated shack with no electricity

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    June 3, 2013 at 13:33 // Source: "i". 01.06.2013

  • God blesses holy warriors, witness tells Lebedev's TV punch-up trial

    God blesses holy warriors, witness tells Lebedev's TV punch-up trial

    German Sterligov, who was a guest on the same show, said that Alexander Lebedev had acted in a "normal masculine manner" when he hit Sergei Polonsky and that he did not take offence because "God blesses holy warriors". Mr Polonsky was probably "high" on drugs at the time, he added. Mr Sterligov — who became a multimillionaire at the age of 24 during the dying days of the Communist era and then gave his fortune away to live like an ultra-Orthodox peasant — is perhaps the most colourful participant yet in an extraordinary trial

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    June 3, 2013 at 13:18 // Source: "The Times". 01.06.2013