Arkady Volozh, a Russian businessman, condemned the attack on Ukraine

"The invasion of Ukraine by the Russians is barbaric, and I am categorically against it."

by Sead Dedovic
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Arkady Volozh, a Russian businessman, condemned the attack on Ukraine
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Having publicly expressed his opposition to the war in Ukraine, Arkady Volozh, the founder of the Russian technology company Yander, has called on the EU to lift the sanctions against him. This well-known businessman has been criticized by many, but it seems that he has no reaction to it.

Arkady Volozh's lawyers asked the EU to revoke its measures, and the American media suggests Brussels will address this in September. It will be interesting to see what kind of decision they will make. "The invasion of Ukraine by the Russians is barbaric, and I am categorically against it.

I am horrified at what is happening to my friends and family in Ukraine. Their houses are being bombed every day," Volozh said angrily.

Volozh and his decision

In spite of this, Volozh's decision to publicly condemn the Russian invasion has also put the European Union in a interesting place.

Brussels has mainly used sanctions since the invasion began as a means of encouraging individuals to change their attitude toward aggression. In an interview with the media, an anonymous person expressed concern about the entire situation.

"Honestly, it is hard to imagine what else Volozh could do. There are hundreds of other sanctioned Russian businessmen who are closely watching what Brussels is doing. Arkady wanted to say all this on the first day of the war, but he felt that he was responsible for his people in Russia." -an anonymous person said.

Following the European Union's sanctions targeting Russian companies and wealthy individuals, Volozh resigned from his position as company CEO in 2022. He believed that he was responsible for everything that was happening, just like most of the others.

Volozh has shown his courage and readiness for peace many times. "Even though I moved to Israel in 2014, I have to take my share of responsibility for the country's actions. There were many reasons why I had to remain silent until now. You can debate the timing of my statement, but not its substance. I am against war," said Volozh.

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