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Russian Billionaire Sees Jail Risk as Putin Smothers Dissent

Russian billionaire newspaper owner Alexander Lebedev, who backs the opposition movement, expects to go to jail as President Vladimir Putin cracks down on the biggest protests against his rule.

Lebedev, 52, who has $1.2 billion in assets according to Forbes, with interests in banking and media including U.K. newspaper the Independent, has been the subject of a three-year campaign to drive him out of the country, he said in a July 24 interview in his office in a Moscow mansion. He faces potential criminal charges for a brawl with another businessman last year. His National Reserve Bank is under central bank investigation.