Russian oligarch lambasts country’s ‘massacre’

A Russian oligarch has lambasted the country’s “massacre” in Ukraine and called for an end to the “crazy war”.

Oleg Tinkov wrote in a profanity-littered Instagram post that he did not see “any beneficiary” of the conflict.

Mr Tinkov is one of Russia’s most well-known entrepreneurs and founded the global online bank, Tinkoff Bank, and owned the cycling team, Tinkoff-Saxo.

He is also one of the most high profile Russians to publicly condemn President Vladimir Putin’s actions.

Two of the country’s most prominent oligarchs, Mikhail Fridman, and Oleg Deripaska have made separate calls for peace, but have stopped short of direct criticism.

Mr Fridman, a billionaire banker, has said any personal remarks could be a risknot just to himself but also staff and colleagues.

Mr Tinkov said “90 per cent” of his country’s people were against the war and added “morons in any country are 10 per cent”.

The UK government has sanctioned Mr Tinkov along with many other Russians identified as having close links to the Kremlin, but few have spoken out against their country’s invasion of Ukraine.

In his Instagram post, Mr Tinkov said: “I don’t see a SINGLE beneficiary of this insane war! Innocent people and soldiers are dying.

“Waking up with a hangover, the generals realised that they have a shit army.

“And how will the army be good if everything else in the country is shitty and mired in nepotism, sycophancy and servility?”

Before Russia invaded Ukraine in late February, Mr Tinkov’s wealth had been estimated at more than $4.4bn (£3.4bn).

But he has since lost his billionaire status as shares in his bank have plummeted, Forbes reported last month.

Switching to English in his post, Mr Tinkov wrote: “Dear ‘collective West’ please give Mr Putin a clear exit to save his face and stop this massacre. Please be more rational and humanitarian.”

In a statement, Tinkoff Bank said it would not comment on the “private opinion” of its founderwho stepped down as chairman in 2020, saying he no longer made decisions for the brand started in 2006.

Mr Tinkov, who is not currently in Russia, owns about 35 per cent of Cyprus-based TCS Group Holding, whose stable of companies under the Tinkoff brand span sectors from banking and insurance to mobile services. -BBC

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