Milner, who studied physics, has worked for the World Bank
The Silicon Valley billionaire, Yuri Milnerwho was born in Moscow, announced that he renounced his Russian citizenship.
“My family and I left Russia behind for good in 2014, after the Russian annexation of Crimea,” he tweeted. “And this summer, we officially completed the process of renouncing our Russian citizenship.”
Founder of the Internet investment group Digital Sky Technologies (DST) and one of the first to buy shares of the American group Facebook, Milner has been an Israeli citizen since 1999, it is specified on his website.
My family and I left Russia for good in 2014, after the Russian annexation of Crimea. And this summer, we officially completed the process of renouncing our Russian citizenship.
— Yuri Milner (@yurimilner) October 10, 2022
Milner, who studied physics, has worked for the World Bank. He has no assets in Russia and 97% of his wealth has been acquired outside of Russia, his website added, clarifying that “Yuri has never met (Russian President) Vladimir Putin, either individually or as a group.”
His charity, the Breakthrough Prize Foundation, condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in March and donated more than $11 million (€11.3 million) to help Ukrainian refugees and scientists forced to flee their country. .
In 2016, Milner and British astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who died in 2018, had announced an ambitious initiative for a mission to Alpha Centauri, the closest star system to Earth, with a small craft that would weigh only a few grams and it would be propelled at one-fifth the speed of light, bombarding its solar sail of a few square meters with protons produced by lasers located on Earth.
The two men had also joined forces to launch a broad 10-year search for extraterrestrial life that Milner would fund with $100 million.
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