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Russia: Lebvedev convicted for punch-up but avoids jail

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Russia: Lebvedev convicted for punch-up but avoids jail

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Russian media magnate Alexander Lebvedev has avoided a jail sentence after being convicted of battery.

He will serve 150 hours community service for punching a rival during a TV talk show.

Lebvedev believes the trial was President Putin’s revenge for his critical comments about the government, and said he would appeal the verdict.