Sanctioned Russian oligarch blasts country’s ‘massacre’ of Ukraine in ‘crazy war’ – World News

Russian oligarch and former billionaire Oleg Tinkov spoke out against Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, making him a rare dissenter within the country’s elite

Oleg Tinkov
Oleg Tinkov

A sanctioned Russian oligarch has busted his own country’s “massacre” of Ukraine during Putin’s “mad war.”

Oleg Tinkov criticized Moscow’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine in an Instagram post.

Mr. Tinkov is one of his country’s best-known entrepreneurs and also one of Russia’s most prominent critics of Putin.

He berated the war even after being sanctioned by the British government for close ties with the Russian president.

This despite previously denying any close ties to Putin or the Kremlin.

In his Instagram post, Mr Tinkov said the majority of Russians are against the war.

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He said: “I don’t see a single beneficiary of this mad war! Innocent people and soldiers die.

“The generals woke up from a hangover and found they had a crappy army.

“And how will the army be any good when everything else in the country is crappy and dirty in nepotism, toadyism and servility?

“Kremlin officials are shocked that not only they, but also their children will not go to the Mediterranean in the summer.

“Businessmen are trying to salvage what is left of property… of course there are idiots who draw Z, but idiots in every country make up 10%.

“90% of Russians are against this war! Dear “collective West”, please give Mr. Putin a clean exit to save face and stop this massacre.

“Please be more sensible and humanitarian.”

Before the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Mr Tinkov’s fortune was estimated at more than £3.4 billion.

However, he has since lost his billionaire status as his bank’s shares plummeted, Forbes reported last month.

Mr. Tinkov resigned as Chairman of Tinkoff Bank in 2020 and is not currently in Russia.

The entrepreneur owns about 35 percent of Cyprus-based TCS Group Holding, whose stable includes companies ranging from banking and insurance to mobile services.

The BBC reported Mr Tinkov was described as a “serial entrepreneur”.

His career has taken him from cycling to importing electronics, whipping out frozen food, brewing beer, issuing credit cards and finally back to cycling as the owner of his own cycling team.

Mr. Tinkov is not the only oligarch speaking out against Putin’s war.

Russian President Vladimir Putin



Prominent oligarchs Mikhail Fridman and Oleg Deripaska have independently called for peace but have not directly criticized Putin.

Mr Fridman, a billionaire banker, said any personal remark could endanger both colleagues and himself.

However, Russian businessman Boris Mints, who once worked for the Moscow government in the 1990s, has been outspoken in his criticism of President Putin.

The Kremlin faces legal action against Mr Mints, who lives in the UK.

He told the BBC: “Every sane person has a duty to speak out against this appalling war and Vladimir Putin’s growing authoritarianism.”

“We all must do what we can to support the Ukrainians who are suffering from this vicious attack, whether in Ukraine or as refugees outside its borders,” he added.

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