Anatoly Chubais, the old insider in the Russian government resigned

Reuters reported, citing two well-informed sources, that Chubais resigned from his position as the Kremlin’s special envoy and left the country due to the war in Ukraine. Chubais did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment. He did not independently confirm that he left Russia or the reason for his resignation.

TASS said Chubais had been working in the environmental field since December 4, 2020.

He rose to prominence as Finance Minister Boris Yeltsin in the 1990s.

According to ReutersChubais was considered by his opponents to be responsible for selling state-owned assets to a small group of oligarchs after the fall of the Soviet Union. Many of these oligarchs have been placed under Western sanctions since the start of the war in Ukraine.

However, his supporters support Chubais’ attempts to transform the Russian economy into a free market.

In the early days of Putin’s rise to power, Chubais was considered an opponent by the current president. Putin claimed in a series of interviews in 1999 that Chubais had canceled the Kremlin job he had initially been offered.

In recent years, Chubais continued to advocate economic reform and was one of the most prominent liberals associated with the Russian government.

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