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The father of Russia’s oligarchs does a runner and he won’t be the last to go

Anatoly Chubais is Russia’s highest-level defector so far. While no longer in Putin’s inner circle, his departure still matters

24 March 2022 - 20:27 By Clara Ferreira Marques

It’s a defection already being brushed off by the Kremlin as a “personal” issue. Of course. The truth is that as Moscow gets bogged down in a Ukrainian war far more costly than imagined, the abrupt departure of a crucial figure of the post-Soviet years — a man who helped push Vladimir Putin into power by giving him his first Kremlin job — will sting. ..

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