«On Monday, the Ministry of Finance of the President, trump published a list of prominent Russian political figures and business leaders, has won the prosperity in the period, when Vladimir Putin headed Russia,» – wrote Igor Borkowski and Carter Curie in Forbes.
Journalists report that a few hours after the publication of the list, which included 210 people, including Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, as well as 96 of the oligarchs, the media began to indicate that the list of oligarchs is similar to the Forbes list of 2017.
«Forbes checked the lists and confirmed that the list of Ministry of Finance – accurate reproduction of the list of Russian billionaires published in 2017. Sent to Forbes by e-mail statement, the Ministry explained that the unclassified report was compiled using open sources, including Forbes and other publications,» the article says.
«The statutory or regulatory definition of an oligarch does not exist, so the Ministry of Finance chose the threshold of 1 billion dollars as a reasonable number, and it is similar to the criterion contained in the list of the American Forbes», – said the press-Secretary of the Ministry of Finance.