The argument at an expensive Moscow restaurant in May 2014 had become so heated that staff had no option but to call the local police.
Diners at the well-heeled establishment had been disturbed by a very unlikely squabble.
A famous TV personality, whose career spanned two decades, was shouting across a table with such rage that his colleagues had to hold him back.
The irate celebrity in question, 36-year-old Ukrainian comedian-turned-actor Volodymyr Zelensky, was the star of a satirical comedy troupe that specialised in mocking both Russian and Ukrainian politics and society.
His adversary was his erstwhile Russian friend and co-star, Aleksey Chadov.
Their feud was political rather than professional, sparked in the febrile aftermath of Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea.
But what was most surprising was that the war of words had been instigated by Zelensky. Visiting Moscow to film a sequel to his romantic comedy Eight First Dates, the star had…