A Russian diplomat, Russia’s Counselor to the United Nations in Geneva Boris Bondarev, has quit his position and abandoned his country, citing his disapproval of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. He is one of the few Russian officials who have resigned over disapproval of Putin’s war. The most recent ones are Putin’s adviser Anatoly Chubais and former Gazprombank Vice President Igor Volobuev.

The diplomat has since been hailed as a “hero” for standing up against his country and voicing out his true thoughts regarding the bloody war in Ukraine, which has dragged on for four months.

“For twenty years of my diplomatic career, I have seen different turns of our foreign policy, but never have I been so ashamed of my country as on February 24 of this year,” Bondarev said in a statement.

“The aggressive war unleashed by Putin against Ukraine, and in fact against the entire Western world, is not only a crime against the Ukrainian people but also, perhaps, the most serious crime against the people of Russia, with a bold letter Z crossing out all hopes and prospects for a prosperous free society in our country,” he added.

Bondarev goes on to admit that the Russian elite who had been genuinely supporting the invasion of Ukraine was only chasing one thing, and that was to “remain in power forever,” stating that these people only wanted to live in “pompous tasteless palaces” and “sail on yachts” many of whom enjoy complete impunity.

“To achieve that, they are willing to sacrifice as many lives as it takes. Thousands of Russians and Ukrainians have already died just for this.”

A copy of Boris Bondarev's statement regarding his resignation and the war in Ukraine (Hillel Neuer). Source: https://twitter.com/HillelNeuer/status/1528668629482541057
A copy of Boris Bondarev’s statement regarding his resignation and the war in Ukraine (Hillel Neuer/Twitter)

He also revealed that the Russian Foreign Ministry’s level of lies has been increasing “all the time” and that he had seen this personally for the past 20 years he had been working within the Russian bureaucracy. However, he emphasized that it was only in recent years that the lies had become “catastrophic” by spreading “propaganda cliches in the spirit of Soviet newspapers of the 1930s.” Bondarev describes this phenomenon as “a system built that deceives itself.”

Bondarev cites Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov as a good example of how the Russian Foreign Ministry and Russia’s system itself degraded throughout the years. Lavrov was said to be an intellectual who was well respected in Russia but has transformed into a propaganda machine that threatens the world with nuclear weapons.