The collapse of the Russian stock market has caused the capitals of Russia's wealthiest men to shrink considerably.
The total fortune of Russia's 50 richest people has thus shrunk by more than $11.7 billion, Forbes magazine said.
Oleg Deripaska, the owner of Rusal (Russian Aluminium) has lost as much as $1.3 billion against the background of a sharp decline in the value of Rusal and En+ Group securities. Forbes experts evaluated Deripaska's fortune on Monday at $4 billion, whereas it was $6.7 billion before Forbes published its latest list of Russia's wealthiest people.
Vladimir Potanin, the main owner of Norilsk Nickel (the company shares dropped by more than 15% on April 9), also lost $1.3 billion. However, unlike Deripaska, Potanin does not appear on the list of Russian oligarchs, whom the US Treasury categorized as those who "play a key role in supporting Russia's "malign activity."
Viktor Vekselberg (minus $ 908 million) and Suleiman Kerimov (minus $ 813 million), who appear on the above-mentioned list, also appear on the list of those Russians, who suffered considerable financial losses because of the sanctions, which the USA imposed on Russia on Friday, April 6.
The considerable decline of the Russian stock market on April 9, also affected Leonid Mikhelson (minus $755 million), Gennady Timchenko (minus $716 million), Vladimir Lisin (minus $578 million), Roman Abramovich (minus $534 million), Vagit Alekperov (minus $519 million) and Alexei Mordashov (minus $489 million).
More than 3,500 people were detained during unprecedented mass protests that swept across all of Russia in support of Alexey Navalny on January 23