Anatoly Chubais, the Russian climate envoy and an adviser to President Vladimir Putin, has reportedly resigned and left Russia on Wednesday, becoming the highest-level officer to quit the Kremlin since the start of Russiaâ€™s invasion of Ukraine last month.
The 66-year-old business oligarch, who is known for overseeing Russian privatization under then-President Boris Yeltsin after the fall of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, stepped down due to his opposition to Putinâ€™s war in Ukraine, Bloomberg reported citing two sources familiar with the situation.
A Kremlin spokesperson has declined to confirm Chubaisâ€™ reasoning to other news outlets, however.
Dmitry Peskov, Putinâ€™s spokesman, told the Financial Times it is a â€œpersonal matter.â€ A source familiar with the matter told Reuters that Chubais left his position for ties with international organizations.
Russian newspaper Kommersant printed a photo of Chubais on Wednesday that purportedly shows him at an ATM in Istanbul.