Who is Anatoly Chubais top aid of Putin stepped down opposing war in Ukraine?

Ground Report | New Delhi: Anatoly Chubais, a high-ranking Russian official who led the country’s post-Soviet economic reforms, has resigned from his post and fled the country in opposition to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, multiple media outlets reported on Wednesday, making it the first high-level figure. officially distance himself from the Kremlin.

Earlier on Wednesday, Bloomberg reported that Anatoly Chubais had resigned and left the country, citing his opposition to Putin’s war in Ukraine, according to two people familiar with the situation. Chubais is the highest-ranking person to publicly break with the Putin regime, with nearly all Russian officials and state media maintaining a wall of silence when it comes to criticizing the president or his invasion of Ukraine.

After the start of the war, on February 24, Chubais posted on Facebook a photo of Boris Nemtsov, an assassinated opponent of Putin, something that was interpreted as criticism of the Government, although there was no comment accompanying the image and the politician has made no statement before or after leaving the country.

Chubais, the architect of Russia’s post-Soviet privatization drive, has served in a variety of high official positions over the past three decades. His last job provided contacts with international organizations to pursue the goals of sustainable development, a broad portfolio that allowed him to maintain contacts with senior foreign officials and organizations.

After Russia began its invasion last month, Chubais posted a photo of Boris Nemtsov, a prominent Russian opposition figure who was shot dead near the Kremlin in 2015. Even without a caption, it was seen as a powerful statement. of a member from Moscow.

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Chubais’s resignation appears to reflect growing divisions among senior Russian officials over the military operation in Ukraine.

In the 1990s, Chubais was seen as the key man in efforts to liberalize Russia’s economy under President Boris Yeltsin. But Chubais’s enemies saw him as the mastermind behind dubious privatization deals.

  • Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed that Chubais has resigned as Russia’s climate envoy, after first reporting by Bloomberg.
  • Chubais, 66, and his wife fled to Istanbul, according to the Russian media outlet RBC.
  • Late last month, Chubais posted on social media a photo of Boris Nemtsov, a prominent Russian opposition figure assassinated on a Moscow bridge in 2015, which was interpreted as a sign of opposition to the war, according to media reports.
  • Chubais had many roles before Russian President Vladimir Putin named him climate envoy in December 2020: He oversaw the post-communist privatization of Russia’s state-owned companies in the 1990s, once led a liberal opposition party, and led the Russian state technology company RUSNANO.
  • While a key official in Russian President Boris Yeltsin’s government, Chubais gave Putin his first job in the Kremlin, in the presidential-owned department.

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