“Over the twenty years of my diplomatic career, I have seen many turning points in our foreign policy, but I am not ashamed of my country as much as February 24 of this year,” he wrote, referring to the start of the offensive.
“Putin’s aggressive war against Ukraine, and indeed against the entire Western world, is not only a crime against the people of Ukraine, but perhaps, the most serious crime against the people of Russia, in a bold letter, the Z-crossing.” It is beyond all expectations and possibilities for a prosperous free society in our country. “
Arriving by phone through the Associated Press on Monday, Bondarev confirmed that he had handed in his resignation letter in a letter addressed to Ambassador Gennady Gatilov. He told the AP he had no plans to leave Geneva.
The letter noted the ministry in which he had worked. “I am sorry to hear that in the last twenty years, the level of lies and unprofessionalism in the work of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has continued to rise. However, in recent years, it has only become more catastrophic, “he wrote.
In today’s ministry, he writes, “it’s not about diplomacy,” but “war, lies and hatred.”
Putin’s special envoy for sustainable development, Anatoly Chubais, resigned and left Russia in March, but did not publicly comment on the reason for his departure.
An online directory for the United Nations in Geneva lists Bondarev as a counselor on a mission to the Russian Federation. His name on the LinkedIn profile states that he specializes in arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation and advises that he has been in his current role since 2019.
“Boris Bondarev is a hero,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, a Geneva-based non-governmental organization, who posted a copy of the Russian diplomat’s letter on Twitter.
“We now call on all other Russian diplomats at the UN – and around the world – to follow his moral example and resign.”
Bill Browder, founder of Hermitage Capital and a prominent critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, tweeted, “This is an incredible letter from a top Russian diplomat condemning Putin in uncertain terms.”
“This is a language that all Russian officials and oligarchs should use if they have the opportunity to be treated politely by the West.”
“I studied to be a diplomat and have been a diplomat for twenty years. The ministry has become my home and my family, “Bondarev said in a statement.
Annabelle Timsitt in London and Robin Dixon in Riga contributed to this report.