Russian Billionaire Tinkov Agrees to Pay $500 Million Over US Tax Charges

By Reuters
October 2, 2021 Updated: October 2, 2021

MOSCOW—Billionaire Oleg Tinkov, whose online bank is Russia’s second-biggest credit card issuer, pleaded guilty on Friday to filing a false U.S. tax return and agreed to pay $507 million in taxes, interest, and penalties, the U.S. Department of Justice said.

He had been accused of concealing $1 billion in assets and income when renouncing his U.S. citizenship in 2013.

Tinkov, whose businesses including Tinkoff Bank are held by his investment company TCS Group, was arrested in London in February 2020 in connection with the indictment and released on bail as he was fighting acute leukemia.

“Mr Tinkov is grateful for the opportunity to resolve this case in a humanitarian way and is hopeful that it will allow him to focus his energy on fighting his illness,” his lawyers said in a statement.

His sentencing hearing is scheduled for Oct. 29, which is expected to wrap up the case.

A spokesperson for Tinkov said the businessman has enough funds to cover the fines without selling his assets, including shares in TCS.