Russian tycoon Oleg Tinkov calls for backlash for his stance on Ukraine war

Oleg Tinkov said that most Russian businessmen were afraid to speak out. (Archive)

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A Russian tycoon, who has urged the West to help end Moscow’s “crazy war” in Ukraine, said Tuesday that he had been punished by the Kremlin for his stance.

In an emotional Instagram post in April, Oleg Tinkov, one of Russia’s best-known self-made tycoons, said that “90 percent of Russians” were against the Kremlin “massacre” in Ukraine.

Later that month, Tinkov sold his 35 percent stake in the holding company he founded to a company controlled by Kremlin-friendly billionaire Vladimir Potanin. TCS Group Holding owns Tinkoff Bank, one of Russia’s largest lenders.

In a new Instagram post on Tuesday, Tinkov, 54, said he had sold his stake for “kopecks”, expressing his gratitude to Potanin for rescuing him from “this impending hell”.

“I have lost everything, but I have not lost my soul,” he said, adding that he had also received threats.

In an interview with The New York Times published on Sunday, Tinkov said he had been forced to sell the stake for 3 percent of what he considered its real value. “I couldn’t negotiate,” he said, adding that friends, citing security service contacts, had told him he might be in danger.

In recent years, Tinkov has been undergoing treatment for leukemia in the West.

“Threats to me personally, a person who is fighting devastating blood cancer, leukemia, the desire to punish me just for my opinion, my honest opinion, speaks to the ultimate dehumanization of the regime,” Tinkov said on Instagram.

“God bless you, inhabitants of the Kremlin and Lubyanka,” he said, referring to the presidential administration and the headquarters of the FSB security service.

He said that most Russian businessmen were afraid to speak out.

“I don’t know how long I have left to live, but I definitely don’t want to die with these billions” and be a “coward”.

He said he no longer had business interests in Russia and was cutting ties with the country.

“Goodbye Tinkoff Bank, goodbye Russia,” he said.

“Ukraine will win because good always wins evil, we were taught that in school!”

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