UPDATE 1-Armed men surround bank of Russian tycoon

MOSCOW, Nov 2 (BestGrowthStock) – At least 20 armed men in masks
surrounded a Moscow bank building controlled by the Russian
tycoon who owns Britain’s Independent and Evening Standard
newspapers on Tuesday, one of his aides said.

“This is known as a mask show in Russia: there are 20 or 30
people in masks and carrying automatic weapons,” Artyom
Artyomov, an aide to the businessman, Alexander Lebedev, said by
telephone. “They have surrounded the building and Lebedev is
inside. We do not know what these men in masks want.”

The building also houses the offices of Rusnano, a state
corporation headed by Russian reformer Anatoly Chubais.

A former KGB spy, Lebedev built a fortune by trading
securities in the chaos that followed the 1991 collapse of the
Soviet Union.

He is co-owner of the Russian pro-democracy newspaper Novaya
Gazeta, and bought the Evening Standard in 2009 and the
Independent this year.

His companies also hold stakes in Aeroflot (AFLT.MM: ) and
Gazprom (GAZP.MM: ), according to his Web site www.alebedev.ru.
(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; Editing by Peter Graff)

UPDATE 1-Armed men surround bank of Russian tycoon