Russian oligarchs are furious with Vladimir Putin and they are breaking ranks with him and are demanding “peace talks” as “fast as possible.”
A Russian billionaire spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, warned the Ukrainian war is “going to be catastrophic.”
The person said, “It is going to be catastrophic in all senses: for the economy, for relations with the rest of the world, for the political situation.
“Businessmen understand very well the consequences.
“But who is asking the opinion of business about this?”
Billionaire oligarch’s Mikhail Fridman and Oleg Deripaska have spoken against Putin and have condemned his invasion of the peaceful country of Ukraine.
Fridman was born in Ukraine and he is the co-founder of Russia’s largest private bank Alfa and he is was ranked 128th in the Forbes 2021 rich list.
Fridman said, “I am deeply attached to the Ukrainian and Russian peoples and see the current conflict as a tragedy for them both.”
He added, “This crisis will cost lives and damage two nations who have been brothers for hundreds of years.
“While a solution seems frighteningly far off, I can only join those whose fervent desire is for the bloodshed to end.
“I’m sure my partners share my view.”
Deripaska who is the founder of Russian aluminium giant Rusal has called for peace talks to begin “as fast as possible” in a post on Telegram, adding, “Peace is very important.”
This comes after the UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss warned on Sunday to Sky News Trevor Philips that she is preparing a “hit list” which will target Russian oligarchs.
She told Phillips, “We are targeting oligarchs’ private jets, we’ll be targeting their properties, we’ll be targeting other possessions that they have.
“Frankly, over the past 15-years we haven’t done enough to stand up to Putin.
“We’re now facing the reality of what that means.
“And that is why we are taking a much tougher stand now.”