Russian tea room and Russian oligarch Mikhail Prokhorov have been named as the first and second billionaires in Russia this year, as the country’s president was forced to resign for allegedly trying to block the appointment of a new leader.
Prokhorow, who founded the tea room in 2013, was one of several oligarchs who lost their positions as a result of corruption allegations in the country.
He was the only one of them to be named in the top 20 list.
The other billionaires on the list are Russian oligarchs Sergey Roldugin, Dmitry Rybolovlev, Aleksey Rybolodov, and Nikolai Vanko, according to a list released by Russia’s Public Accounts Committee on Thursday.
All four have denied the charges, according the list.
Rybolovolov, Rybolotov, Roldugaev, and Vankos were named as “the richest people in Russia” in 2016, while Prokhourov was one among the wealthiest people in the world, with a net worth of $10.3bn.
In February, Prokhunov was sentenced to four years in prison for alleged money laundering.
He also was fined $300m for tax evasion.
He appealed against the decision and later signed an agreement with prosecutors, which was suspended in 2018.
In May, Prokudov was arrested and sentenced to two years in jail for his role in the case.
The government has called on Prokhuryov to step down, citing “serious concerns” over his links to the mafia.