Anatoly Chubais, the architect of Russia’s market reforms in the 1990s and President Vladimir Putin’s climate ambassador, has resigned, becoming the most senior official to step down following the invasion of Ukraine.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed the resignation of 66-year-old Chubais but declined to comment on reports he left Russia. “Whether he left the country or not – that’s a personal matter,” Peskov said calledaccording to the state news agency RIA Novosti.
News of Chubais’ resignation was first reported by Bloomberg and confirmed by TASS, another Russian state news agency. The newspaper Kommersant published a blurry photo of Chubais Istanbul Withdraw money from the ATM. He hung up via a reporter from Forbes Russia who asked him for comment.
The red-haired reformer was a top adviser to Boris Yeltsin, Russia’s first democratically elected president, and a major architect of reforms that created a private sector after seven decades of Soviet communism.
He also offered Putin’s first job at the Kremlin and brought in the former KGB officer, who had had a second career at St. Petersburg City Hall. Putin later became the head of Russia’s espionage agency and prime minister before succeeding Yeltsin as president in 2000.
Chubais remained a key figure in the Putin era, leading an overhaul of the country’s energy sector, running a high-tech investment fund and becoming Moscow’s climate ambassador in 2020.
Russian members of the opposition appeared unimpressed. Commenting on the news, a spokesman for jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny dismissed suggestions that Chubais had resigned in protest of the war. “Anatoly Chubais left Russia only to save his own skin and money,” said Kira Yarmysh in a tweet.
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