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Some Russian Oligarchs Speak Out, Cautiously, Against War

In this July 2, 2015, file photo, Russian metals magnate Oleg Deripaska attends Independence Day celebrations at Spaso House, the residence of the American Ambassador, in Moscow, Russia. Russia’s war on Ukraine has sent shockwaves through the elite global community of wealthy Russians. Some have begun, tentatively, to speak out. Deripaska, Alfa Bank founder Mikhail Fridman and banker Oleg Tinkov have also urged an end to the violence, though none has directly mentioned Putin. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)
In this July 2, 2015, file photo, Russian metals magnate Oleg Deripaska attends Independence Day celebrations at Spaso House, the residence of the American Ambassador, in Moscow, Russia. Russia’s war on Ukraine has sent shockwaves through the elite global community of wealthy Russians. Some have begun, tentatively, to speak out. Deripaska, Alfa Bank founder Mikhail Fridman and banker Oleg Tinkov have also urged an end to the violence, though none has directly mentioned Putin. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)
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(AP) -- There have been social media messages calling for peace, an image of a murdered Russian opposition figure, a newspaper editorial demanding President Vladimir Putin “stop this war.”

As Russian forces pound Ukraine’s cities, the sentiments might not be surprising. Their source is — they come from rich Russians, including billionaires close to the Kremlin.