Russian oligarchs lost $6 billion over last year
The list of 500 richest people in the world features 25 Russians.
Last year, Russian oligarchs lost almost six billion dollars, according to RIA Novosti referring to the rating Bloomberg Billionaires Index (BBI). In total, the list of 500 richest people in the world includes 25 Russians. Only 9 of them managed to multiply their fortune over the past year.
Vladimir Potanin, owner of Nornikel, is recognized as the wealthiest Russian citizen. His fortune is estimated at 19.6 billion dollars. In a year he became richer by 687 million.
Next on the Russian top list is Leonid Mikhelson, co-owner of Novatek, whose net worth in 2018 was 19.4 billion. Third comes businessman Vladimir Lisin, with a fortune of 17.9 billion (minus 146 million).
He is followed by businessman Alexey Mordashov, owner of Severstal, whose wealth amounts to 17.4 billion dollars (minus 2.33 billion), and Vagit Alekperov, co-owner of Lukoil, with a fortune of 16 billion dollars.
Last week, the entire world has celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Internet. In the meantime, the Russian legislators have adopted new laws restricting the development of the Russian-speaking segment of the world wide web. The 'fake news' and 'internet insults' laws adopted under the pretext of protecting the society from manipulations and threat, including external ones, violate the Constitution and some federal laws in relation to the right to search for, obtain, and use information. Furthermore, the bill on ‘sovereign Internet’ passed in the first reading by the State Duma leads us directly to self-isolation.