Longtime Putin Advisor Anatoly Chubais Resigns, Leaves Russia Over Invasion of Ukraine

Anatoly Chubais, a longtime prominent advisor to Russian President Vladimir Putin, resigned from his role as an international envoy and reportedly left the country amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Chubais stepped down as the Kremlin’s special envoy for relations with international organizations for sustainable goals, Russian state media TASS reported on March 23, citing an unnamed source.

Chubais resigned over his “opposition to President Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine,” two people familiar with the situation told Bloomberg News.

Chubais the highest-ranking official to resign since Putin ordered his troops to invade Ukraine late last month.

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitri Peskov confirmed that Chubais resigned, but he would not say if Chubais had left the country.

“Yes. Chubais has resigned voluntarily. And it is up to him whether to leave or not,” Peskov said during a daily press briefing, according to Interfax news agency.

A source told TASS that Chubais had left Russia.

According to several reports, Chubais is in Turkey with his wife.

Chubais took over as a special envoy in December 2020.

Chubais is best known as the architect of Russia’s controversial post-Soviet privatization campaign in the 1990s.

The scheme helped establish a market in Russia, but it concentrated immense wealth in the hands of wealthy oligarchs.

Shortly after the invasion, Chubais posted an image of liberal economist Yegor Gaidar, who had warned against Putin’s imperial ambitions.

“In our arguments about Russia’s future, I didn’t always agree with him. But it appears that Gaidar understood strategic risk better than I, and that I was wrong,” Chubais wrote.

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