With Russia’s economy in freefall, oligarchs call for peace
Russian oligarchs and their families face severe repercussions from the economic sanctions imposed on Russia. They also call for world peace and security for their Ukrainian brothers and sisters. That’s so nice of them!
Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman is chairman of Alfa Bank, Russia’s largest private bank. Recent sanctions against Alfa Bank prevent it from carrying out transactions with the United States. Fridman, who was born in Ukraine, wrote a letter to his team saying, “I am deeply attached to the Ukrainian and Russian peoples and consider the current conflict a tragedy for both of them. This crisis will cost lives and damage two nations that have been brothers for hundreds of years. While a solution seems awfully far away, I can only join those who long for the bloodshed to stop. In 2017, Fridman and the other owners of Alfa Bank sued Buzzfeed for publishing a report alleging financial ties and collusion between Putin, Donald Trump and the owners of the bank.
Meanwhile, Russian aluminum tycoon Oleg Deripaska – who says US allegations about his links to Paul Manafort were “very absurd” — posted an urgent request on Telegram for humanitarianism: “Peace is very important! Negotiations must begin as soon as possible!”
The United States is even targeting the families of the oligarchs – a new step aimed at eroding support for Putin among the Russian elite. Last week, the US Treasury sanctioned the sons of two of Putin’s closest officials.
“Elites close to Putin continue to leverage their proximity to the Russian president to plunder the Russian state, enrich themselves and elevate their family members to some of the highest positions of power,” the Treasury Department said. by announcing the sanctions.