Russia Sees First High-Level Official Resign Amid Ukraine Conflict

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Russian President Vladimir Putin’s special presidential representative, Anatoly Chubais, resigned from his post, according to top Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

“Chubais resigned himself. But whether he left [the country] or not … this is his own business,” Peskov told state-run media on Wednesday. It’s not clear why Chubais stepped down, and Peskov didn’t elaborate.

Earlier Wednesday, Ruslan Edelgeriyev, Putin’s special envoy for climate, confirmed anonymous reports that Chubais stepped down—the highest-profile Russian official to do so since the start of the Ukraine–Russia conflict.  Those reports claimed he departed his position and also left the country because of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, although Chubais has not issued any public comments.

“Indeed, representatives of Anatoly Borisovich confirmed that he is leaving the post of special representative of the president. I do not think that his decision to leave the post will in any way affect the development of the climate agenda in our country,” Edelgeriyev said.

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