Russian Billionaire Selling Putin’s War to the Public

One of the most influential voices supporting Vladimir Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine is that of the 71-year-old billionaire, who argued the war could prove Russia’s might.

Yuri Kovalchuk has been a close friend of the Russian leader for decades. Shares Mr Putin’s vision of Russia As a powerful military and cultural icon for America, say those who know him. The billionaire and Mr. Putin have met frequently since the start of the war in February, and also talk by phone or video, according to a friend of the Kovalchuk family as well as a former Russian intelligence officer.