Putin’s aide Chubais reportedly quits, opposing Ukraine invasion

Russian President Vladimir Putin seen with Anatoly Chubais, who has reportedly quit as Russia’s climate envoy, in 2016.

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A high-ranking and long-standing aide of Russian President Vladimir Putin has reportedly quit his role as Moscow’s climate envoy due to his opposition to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Anatoly Chubais reportedly stepped down and left the country, citing his opposition to Putin’s war in Ukraine, two people familiar with the situation told Bloomberg on Wednesday.

If confirmed, Chubais would be the highest-ranking individual to publicly break with Putin’s regime with almost all Russian officials and state media maintaining a wall of silence when it comes to criticizing the president, or his invasion of Ukraine.

There have been a few dissenting voices, however. Last week, Arkady Dvorkovic, a former senior economic advisor to former president and prime minister Dmitry Medvedev, and his one time deputy, also quit his role as chairman of the Skolkovo Foundation.

Chubais was described by Reuters on Wednesday as “the architect of Russia’s post-Soviet economic reforms” and it too cited one source as telling the news agency that Chubais had left his post “for ties with international organisations.”

The source did not say why he decided to leave the country and asked to comment by a Reuters reporter, Chubais hang up his phone.

CNBC has asked the Kremlin to confirm the reports and is yet to receive a response.

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