‘Ashamed’ Gazprom exec joins Ukrainian army to fight Russia


A senior Gazprom executive has vowed revenge Russia – after fleeing the country to join Ukrainethe Territorial Defense Forces of .

Gor Volobuev, a former vice president of Gazprombank, is the first manager at the company to speak out against the war in Ukraine, saying he can no longer bear living in Moscow.

Ukrainian-born Mr Volobuev also stated that he was ready to take up arms to defend his homeland.

“I couldn’t stay with these people, shake their hands, watch the war on my phone like it’s a terrible movie and pretend I don’t care,” he told Ukrainian media in Kiew.

“My father spent a month in a cold basement. People I know from my childhood tell me they are ashamed of me.”

Asked about the unexpected death of another Gazprombank executive, who allegedly killed his wife and child before committing suicide in Moscow earlier this month, Mr Volobuev said he found it hard to believe that his former colleague was killing himself killed.

“I don’t think he could have killed his wife and daughter. I think it was staged,” he said.

“Why that? It’s hard to say. Maybe he knew something and was dangerous.”

The 50-year-old manager said he packed a bag and left Russia a week after the war began.

Mr. Volobuev worked for Gazprombank for 16 years, most of the time as head of the press office.

His hometown of Okhtyrka, which lies at an important crossroads between Kyiv and Kharkiv, was heavily shelled in the first month of the war.

“I came to Ukraine to defend Okhtyrka with guns in my hands,” he said.

“When Russia occupied Crimea in 2014, I promised myself that if Russian tanks rolled into my okhtyrka, I would go and fight.”

The executive said he has already pledged to join the territorial defense in Kyiv. Mr Volobuev, who has lived in Russia for most of his life, said he wanted to repent.

“I am guilty of working for the Russian government – twice as guilty as a normal Russian. And doubly guilty because I’ve considered myself Ukrainian all my life,” he said. (© Telegraph Media Group Ltd. 2022)

Telegraph Media Group Limited [2022] ‘Ashamed’ Gazprom exec joins Ukrainian army to fight Russia

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