War in Ukraine: Could sanctions mean the end of Russia’s ‘oligarch era’?
05 March 2022 | 6:12 am
Russia's wealthiest men have lost some $80 billion in wealth since Vladimir Putin launched his war on Ukraine. This may be only the beginning, as Western powers seek to identify and seize their hidden assets. Also, markets tumble amid fears of intense fighting around Europe's largest nuclear plant, located in the south of Ukraine, and spiking commodity prices threaten already battered supply chains.
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