Putin

  • I pulled my punches

    The Russian billionaire owner of The Independent and the London Evening Standard has said he has no regrets about punching a fellow businessman during a televised debate, even though prosecutors have launched a criminal investigation over the brawl.

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    Tags: Putin, The Evening Standard, The Independent

    • October 10, 2011 at 13:48
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  • Why Russia Now Has the Coolest Tycoons

    A week ago, a burly Russian tycoon named Alexander Lebedev made the news after he punched a burlier Russian tycoon, Sergei Polonsky, in the face. All that right on a national TV show in front of an audience of millions. Some people say Mr. Polonsky was asking for it. They could be right. In 2008, Mr. Polonsky, then one of Europe's youngest billionaires, proclaimed that anyone who failed to make a billion dollars was a loser. One can understand the desire to punch him in the face, but Mr. Polonsky's reaction was full of indignation and chagrin. He immediately complained to the Holy Trinity of the Russian power system: Putin, Medvedev and Patriarch, after which he posted the photos of his bruised face and torn jeans on Twitter.

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    Tags: Medvedev, Putin

    • September 28, 2011 at 16:08
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  • Putin must reform or become Russia's Mugabe - Lebedev

    Vladimir Putin could follow the path of Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev or Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe unless he can open up Russia's political system and fight rampant corruption, according to tycoon Alexander Lebedev.

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    Tags: Corruption, Medvedev, Putin

    • July 13, 2011 at 18:41
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  • Lebedev: 'Putin Should Run Against Medvedev'

    Business tycoon Alexander Lebedev has told Sky News Russia's current leaders have "not always been good" for the country and should run against each other in the next presidential elections.

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    Tags: Medvedev, Putin, The Evening Standard

    • June 23, 2011 at 12:23
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  • Lebedev offers to help tackle corruption

    Alexander Lebedev, the owner of The Independent, has written to the head of Russia's security service offering his experience from 11 years of service with the organisation to help to expose corruption in business and the country's "power structures".

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    Tags: National reserve bank, Putin, The Independent

    • May 27, 2011 at 11:45
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  • Vladimir Putin and the people

    Russia's Prime Minister is feared in the West – but adored at home, says Mary Dejevsky. Is the reason we don't trust him that we don't really understand him?

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    Tags: Putin

    • February 22, 2011 at 16:40
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