Russia’s oligarch, who fled to Israel 20 years ago and escaped lifelong imprisonment, has abandoned citizenship and states that “everything Putin touches will die.”

Russian-Israeli emerging conglomerate Leonid Nevzlin (left), Russian President Vladimir Putin (right)

Russian-Israeli emerging conglomerate Leonid Nevzlin (left), Russian President Vladimir Putin (right)NICHOLASKAMM / AFP via Getty Images, ALEXEI NIKOLSKY / RIA-NOVOSTI / AFP via Getty Images (right)

  • Leonid Nevzlin of the oligarch publicly abandoned his Russian citizenship on Tuesday.

  • The former oil king fled Russia almost 20 years ago, claiming putin’s political persecution.

  • He joined a handful of oligarchs and Raise your voice Against the Ukrainian war.

Former oil tycoon Leonid Nevzlin in the oligarchs abandoned his Russian citizenship in a Facebook post on Tuesday.

He will participate A small but growing group Russian elite Oppose the war with Ukraine..

“Russian citizenship is a sign of shame that I no longer want to wear. It’s enough,” Nefzlin wrote in a post. “I am against the war. I am against the occupation. I am against the genocide of the Ukrainian people.”

“I can’t afford to be a citizen of a country that kills children in other countries,” he continued.

However, the “deletion” of Nefzlin’s citizenship is likely to be more symbolic than legally binding. According to the official abandonment, it can take 6 to 12 months. SRAS.

Nefzlin co-founded Russian oil giant Yukos in 2005 with fellow oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who spent nearly a decade in Russian prisons for fraud and tax evasion.

During Yukos’ investigation, Nefzlin fled to Israel, claiming he was a victim of political persecution.

In 2008, Nefzlin was sentenced to life imprisonment for murder and financial crimes, which he repeatedly denied. Israel has rejected Russia’s request for surrender.

“I was one of the first to be attacked by Putin. He put my friends in jail and killed some of them,” Nefzlin wrote. “Everything Putin touches dies.”

His former business partner, Khodorkovsky, is also a frank critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin.Last week he told CNN: Putin’s invasion of Ukraine “significantly reduced” the chances of maintaining power..

Licensed Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman, Oleg Deripaska, Pyotr Aven, Alexei Moldashov Similarly, we are seeking peace in Ukraine.

Steel tycoon Vladimir Lisin, who has avoided sanctions so far, urged Putin to diplomatically end the war. In a letter to his employee.

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