Entrepreneur Oleg Tinkov has renounced his Russian nationality, saying he does not want to be associated with “fascism” or people who collaborate with “killers”.
The 54-year-old Tinkoff Bank founder wrote in an Instagram post on Tuesday: “I have decided to renounce my Russian citizenship after Russia invaded independence. Ukraine. I am against this war and the killing of peaceful people.”
He said in the post that he was “reiterating” his decision after his original post “mysteriously disappeared”.
Sota Vision, an independent Russian outlet, tweeted an image of Mr Tinkov’s certificate showing the end of his Russian citizenship, along with his original Instagram post in which he attacked the leadership of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“Looks like Putin’s trolls somehow got on Insta, my post disappeared,” Mr Tinkov said in his new post.
“I am against this war and the killing of civilians.”
He also said he was suing to force the bank to stop using his name.
“My name should not be associated with fascism,” he said. “I hate when my brand/name is associated with the bank that collaborates with killers and blood.”
The bank said it had full legal rights to use the Tinkoff brand, TASS news agency reported.
Mr Tinkov, whose new digital credit card company TCS Group Holding has become one of Russia’s largest financial institutions, is one of several Russian oligarchs closely linked to Mr Putin sanctioned by the UK government in March .
The banker, who is believed to reside in London, is said to have had his jets seized after they were deregistered by the Isle of Man.
In the months that followed, he was an outspoken critic of the war and President Cheese fries.
In April, he wrote in a post on his Instagram account that “90% of Russians are against” the “crazy” war, calling its supporters “morons”.
He was forced to sell his 35% stake in TCS, the parent company of Tinkoff Bank, to Russian metals tycoon Vladimir Potanin, following a series of anti-war comments.
The tycoon, who compared himself to British billionaire Richard Branson and was worth nearly $10 billion at his peak, launched electronics, frozen food and beer brands before founding Tinkoff Bank in the mid-2000s.
He says he no longer has any business interests in Russia.
In October, Russian-Israeli billionaire Yuri Milner said he had renounced his Russian citizenship.
“My family and I left Russia for good in 2014, after Russia annexed Crimea,” the founder of internet investment firm DST Global said in a tweet.
“And this summer we officially completed the process of renouncing our Russian citizenship.”