Russian tycoon Lebedev convicted over televised brawl

MOSCOW Tue Jul 2, 2013 8:47am EDT

Russian media magnate Alexander Lebedev speaks to the media after arriving for a court hearing in Moscow, May 20, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Russian media magnate Alexander Lebedev speaks to the media after arriving for a court hearing in Moscow, May 20, 2013.

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian media magnate Alexander Lebedev was convicted of battery over a televised brawl on Tuesday following a trial he portrayed as President Vladimir Putin's revenge for criticizing the government.

The judge was expected to sentence Lebedev later on Tuesday. The state prosecution last week dropped a jail threat against Lebedev, the financial backer of two British newspapers, The Independent and London Evening Standard.

(Reporting by Maria Tsvetkova, Editing by Timothy Heritage)

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