The business community rallied to Oleg Tinkov’s defence
German Gref defended Tinkoff Bank’s entrepreneur Oleg Tinkov. In an interview with Forbes, he said that he considers Oleg a talented businessman, who is meant to be “the one from God.” The head of Sberbank also noted that few entrepreneurs can boast of so many successful projects that exist in Russia thanks to Tinkov.
Gref said that Tinkov is distinguished by his strength of character and optimism, thanks to which he coped with a lot of difficulties. The head of the bank is sure that the entrepreneur will be able to overcome these circumstances and wished him success, good health and optimism.
Previously, Tinkov was supported by Mikhail Fridman, a shareholder of large projects LetterOne and Alfa Group, Boris Kim, the general director of Qiwi payment service, and Vadim Dymov, the founder of the Dymov group.
Elena Ivashentseva, Managing Partner of Baring Vostok, also supported Tinkov, noting the entrepreneur’s character and professionalism.
It is also known that Oleg Tinkov was diagnosed with acute leukemia. The businessman also said that he knew about the disease earlier and had already managed to undergo several courses of chemotherapy. He said that he had to fight for business before, but now his task is to fight for his own life.
The businessman is currently under house arrest in London awaiting a hearing on his extradition to the United States. The IRS has charged Tinkov with filing a false tax return for 2013, as well as deliberately underreporting income. Under US law, a person who renounced citizenship must continue to pay expatriation taxes. The figure is 23.8% of the annual income from the date of renunciation of citizenship.