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Potanin urged to be more tolerant of Russians who left the country


One of Russia’s wealthiest entrepreneurs has called on authorities to be more tolerant of the hundreds of thousands of compatriots who have fled abroad because of Russia’s war in Ukraine, saying the country needs their help. information.

Vladimir Potanin believes that people who work for the Russian economy from abroad should not be punished – remotely or otherwise.

“In general, we have to put an end to this demagoguery,” he said in an interview with online publication RBC. – Those who think differently should be judged on their contribution to the common cause. These guys who are gone, they’re making a contribution, they’re making their own product, which we really need. I wouldn’t discriminate against them, at least for quite a long time.

Russian authorities must be tolerant, he said, even if remote workers have views that Russian patriots don’t like, which means many of those who have left, including IT professionals computers, left the country to avoid being drafted into the army or because they disagreed with the “special military operation” in Ukraine, as Moscow calls it.

Potanin is considered the richest or second richest person in Russia thanks to his stake in steel giant Norilsk Nickel.

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