Since Putin’s Russia decided to invade Ukraine last February, Russian eliteShelter, under the wing of the Moscow regime, has found itself sanctioned by the West.
But not all Russian billionaires join the Russian leader’s expansionist thesis. Boris Mints, A 64-year-old billionaire living in London, he is one of the few who dare to stand up to Putin.
Speaking to the BBC, Mints says that not all big Russian businessmen raise their voices because “everyone is afraid.” “Anyone who openly criticizes Putin”. You have reason to be concerned about your personal safety“, Told.
But this millionaire, who became wealthy from the investment company O1 Group, which he founded in 2003 and sold in 2018, claims that “I have no intention of staying in a bomb shelter Like Putin does.
This war is the result of the madness and hunger for power of one man, Vladimir Putin.
According to Mints, the “common way” to punish a businessman in Russia for his “intolerance” to the regime was to “open a fabricated criminal case against his business”. “Such criminal cases will be affected Not only business ownersBut also for their families and employees,” he says.
“Any independent business leader is seen as a threat because they can finance the opposition or promote opposition. Therefore, they are seen as an enemy of Putin and therefore as the enemy of the state“, he assures.
Back in 2014, Mints spoke publicly for the first time against President Putin’s policies after Russia’s annexation of Crimea. A year later he decided to leave the country “In the context of increasing repression against political protest”.
In 2017, the O1 group, “found in open conflict with the Central Bank of Russia.” “When things like this start to happen, it’s a clear sign that someone should leave the country immediately“Dice mint.
For the London-based millionaire, the current war is “the saddest event in recent history, not only in Ukraine and Russia, but globally.” “It’s war The result of madness and hunger for power One person, Vladimir Putin, supported by his inner circle,” he says.
The Mint, which is not approved by the UK, says “not all Russian businessmen are pro-Putin, and Not all wealthy Russians are oligarchs either.“In Russia, the term refers to a business leader who is highly associated with Putin and much of his wealth, or profit from his business, depends on cooperation with the Russian state,” he concluded.