18/09/2011 09:56 BST | Updated 17/11/2011 10:12 GMT

Alexander Lebedev, Owner Of The Independent And The Evening Standard, Punches Man On TV (VIDEO)

Arguments. We've all had them. But few of us have come to (literal) blows on Russian TV. Alexander Ledbedev, owner of the Independent and Evening Standard, however, is on hand to show us how it's done.

Ledbedev has defended hitting fellow guest Sergei Polonsky on his blog, saying: "In a critical situation, there is no choice. I see no reason to be hit with the first shot. I neutralised him".

He hit Polonsky after the former property developer said he wanted to "stick one" in his mouth.

Check out the astonishing footage above.