The General Prosecutor's Office of the Russian Federation has announced a probe into businessman Oleg Tinkov for allegations of incitement of hatred against Russia under Article 282 of the country's Criminal Code. This investigation comes in response to a post Tinkov made on Instagram, a social media platform that is currently banned in Russia.
Tinkov, who identifies himself as a 'fighter for the truth,' has been accused of implying derogatory sentiments towards others, inciting animosity against speakers of the Russian language and challenging the country's cultural values. The complaint against him was lodged by activists from the religious group 'Brotherhood of Morozov-Zlatoust.'
A Stark Criticism
The billionaire businessman, known for his open defiance, has been vocal about his discontent with President Vladimir Putin's war against Ukraine. He expressed his views on the invasion, terming it as a 'crazy war' with no apparent benefits. His posts on social media have garnered substantial attention, attracting thousands of likes within a day. These comments have come at a time when Russian forces have been seen retreating and redeploying along the Black Sea coast.
Despite his bold statements, Tinkov is among the few oligarchs to have expressed concern over Moscow's invasion, even as he and others have been hit with sanctions from the West aimed at pressuring the Kremlin. The sanctions have led the financier, worth $3.5 billion according to the Bloomberg Billionaire Index, to declare that he is no longer a billionaire after the significant financial losses.
As the investigation against Tinkov progresses, it underscores the growing tension within Russia, and the challenges facing those who dare to speak against the government's actions. His case serves as a stark reminder of the risks that come with challenging power, especially in an era of increased scrutiny and control.