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Sanctioned Russian tycoon publicly rips Putin's 'crazy war' in Ukraine and calls those who support the invasion 'morons'

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Russian banking tycoon Oleg Tinkov
Russian banking tycoon Oleg Tinkov in 2019OLGA MALTSEVA/AFP via Getty Images
  • A sanctioned Russian millionaire ripped Putin's "crazy war" in Ukraine on Tuesday.

  • Oleg Tinkov called Russians who support the war with the "Z" symbol "morons" in an Instagram post that also criticized the military.

  • Tinkov, the founder of Tinkoff Bank, was personally sanctioned by the UK on March 24.

Sanctioned Russian millionaire Oleg Tinkov ripped Russian President Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine, a rare public criticism by a Russian elite.

"I don't see ANY beneficiary of this crazy war! Innocent people and soldiers are dying," Tinkov in an Instagram post shared Tuesday,

He said that Russian generals are realizing they have a "shitty army."

"And how will the army be good, if everything else in the country is shit and mired in [nepotism] and servility?" he said.

Tinkov also said those who support Putin's invasion of Ukraine by sharing the "Z" symbol that was emblazoned on invading Russian tanks are "morons."

"90% of Russians are AGAINST this war!" Tinkov said.

He then called on the "collective West" to "please give Mr.Putin a clear exit to save his face and stop this massacre."

Tinkov was personally sanctioned by the UK on March 24, causing his assets to be immediately frozen.

He is the founder of Tinkoff Bank, which is one of a few Russian banks that allows money to flow in and out of Russia from Western tech companies since the start of the war, Insider previously reported.

Russia has said that anyone, including business leaders, who criticizes the war will be prosecuted.

Translations by Oleksandr Vynogradov.

Editor's note: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated Tinkoff Bank's status after Western sanctions on Russia. It is one of many banks that remain unsanctioned.

Read the original article on Business Insider