Former major Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov has donated $5m to help support to people displaced after a dam broke in Uzbekistan following on from the $10m he donated to help following the flooding in the Syrdarya region.
The billionaire transferred $5.202 million to the Turkestan corporate social development fund on order to help support 30,420 citizens who were evacuated from their homes in Maktaaral district after flooding caused when the Sardoba dam burst.
This was after he donated $10m to support the affected people and to liquidate consequences of the flooding in Syrdarya region, AKIpress reported.
One billion pounds is a lot of money. If you’re not entirely sure of the difference, sit there for one million seconds and I’ll be back with you in 11 days. Sit there for one billion seconds? Well, I’m sorry to say it’s going to be 33 years before you hear back from me and the way things are going, that doesn’t seem likely.
Wealth hoarding is a thing. It shouldn’t be, but it is because we live in a capitalist world that relentlessly tells you the amount of money you have in your bank is a direct reflection of how much work you have put in. To get more money, we must simply work harder.
Of course, those working two jobs but still struggling to pay their bills will tell you that how much you earn and how hard you work are rarely, if ever connected. Who works harder every week – Mesut Ozil or an average NHS nurse?
That we have to turn to socialism – financial help from the government – on a regular basis to deal with the latest mess capitalism has caused, would seem to make it obvious to anyone with a brain that capitalism is the cause of most of our problems.
Billionaires and oligarchs are doing their part, but is it enough? While something is better than nothing, $15m is not much more than that to someone who has a net worth of around $14.6 billion.