Russian tycoon’s sanctioned son records ‘I am a Ukrainian’ video call — RT Russia and the former Soviet Union
Mikhail Fridman’s son Alexander Ozhelskiy accused Kyiv’s ‘f****** bureaucrats’ of sanctioning him despite his stance
Alexander Ozhelskiy, son of a Russian business tycoon Mikhail Fridman, called on kyiv to raise « unfair» sanctions against him. In a YouTube video address, recorded in English, the 22-year-old businessman accused the « fucking bureaucratsto ignore his pro-Ukrainian stance.
« I can’t believe my position on the war wasn’t even considered. And I can’t believe the only reason for these sanctions is my relationship with another person.“said Ojelski.
He emphasized that he is « appalled and offendedby the decision of the Ukrainian authorities on October 20 to include him in their list of 256 sanctioned Russian businessmen and their relatives.
Ozhelskiy explained that he opposed the Russian military operation in Ukraine « since the first day“, left Russia immediately after its launch on February 24 and has no intention of returning.
« I left a lot, I left my friends, I left my company and I left it because I value my freedom more“, explained the businessman, revealing that he is now based in Dubai and lives in an Airbnb apartment, rather than in a “fucking mansion.
Ozhelskiy said that in the past he had participated in « pro-Ukrainian demonstrations » in London and in certain demonstrations in Russia and that he does not understand why « a bunch of fucking bureaucrats » ignore these facts.
« I think this decision should be reversed, » he said.
Fridman’s son pointed out that he considers himself Ukrainian and « can not believe” that he can no longer visit his relatives in the country.
Ozhelskiy is Fridman’s only son, born in Lviv. In May, he and his four sisters were on Forbes’ list of the richest heirs to Russian billionaires, with an estimated inheritance share of $2.6 billion.
Fridman, however, made it clear several years ago that he was going to leave almost all of his fortune to the charity rather than his children.
In March, the $13 billion tycoon said the sanctions imposed on him and other Russian businessmen by Western countries are « unfair » and « useless.”
He also described an assumption that being close to the Kremlin is paramount to earning billions in Russia, as a “very typical and inappropriate » myth.
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