russian billionaires rewrite their biographies to remove connections to russia en masse

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russian billionaires are rewriting their biographies, removing any ties torussia, which has become toxic in civilized countries after the start of a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, reported.

Changes to the official biographies are made on the personal websites and Wikipedia pages of the richest russians, who are trying to “whitewash their reputations” and not fall under Western sanctions, although some of them still have businesses in russia.

At the beginning of this week, it became known that the founder of the russian IT giant “Yandex” Arkady Volozh removed almost all references to the connection to russia and the USSR from his website. He left russia after the beginning of a full-scale war and now calls himself an Israeli entrepreneur born in Kazakhstan.

Investment banker Ruben Vardanyan, who for a long time headed the russian investment company “Troika-dialog”, now presents himself as a financier of “Armenian origin”. Last September, Vardanyan, whose fortune was estimated at USD 1bn before the start of the Big War, renounced his russian citizenship and moved to Nagorno-Karabakh.

The co-owner and chairman of the supervisory board of the Alfa-Group consortium, Mikhail Fridman, who came under Western sanctions, calls himself a “russian-Israeli businessman born in Ukraine.” At the same time, his russian business closely cooperates with the Ministry of Defense of the russian Federation.

Viktor Vekselberg, the head of the russian holding “Renova”, who has been on the US sanctions list since 2018, states in his biography that he was born in Ukraine and is a citizen of Cyprus.

The Wikipedia page about billionaire Yuri Milner has been edited 44 times since February 24, 2022, and almost 30 edits are awaiting confirmation. At first, Milner was called a russian billionaire, then an Israeli investor, then an Israeli entrepreneur of russian origin. But as a result, the editing was not confirmed, and Milner remained a russian billionaire.

Since February 24, 2022, the article about the billionaire, former chairman of the board of directors of “Alfa Bank” Petr Aven has been edited 141 times. Currently, he appears in “Wikipedia” as a russian and Latvian billionaire.

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