A Russian diplomat stationed at the United Nations office in Geneva has publicly resigned in protest against Moscow’s ongoing war in Ukraine.
In a statementBoris Bondarev called the invasion a “crime” and a “bloody, stupid and absolutely unnecessary ignominy”.
“During twenty years of my diplomatic career, I have seen different turning points in our foreign policy, but never have I been so ashamed of my country as on February 24 of this year,” he wrote in a statement. posted on social media.
The diplomat, who specializes in arms control and disarmament, blamed the war directly on Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“Those who engineered this war want only one thing: to stay in power forever, to live in pompous and tasteless palaces, to sail on yachts comparable in tonnage and cost to the entire Russian navy,” he said. writing. “To achieve this, they are ready to sacrifice as many lives as it takes. Thousands of Russians and Ukrainians have already died.
Bondarev also condemned the country’s diplomatic service and compared Russian Foreign Ministry rhetoric to Soviet propaganda of the 1930s.
“Today, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is not a diplomat. It’s about warmongering, lies and hate. It serves the interests of the few, the very few thus contributing to the isolation and degradation of my country,” he wrote. “Russia has no more allies, and the only culprit is its reckless and ill-conceived policy.”
Few within the Russian diplomatic corps have spoken publicly against Russia’s war in Ukraine.
A few days after the February 24 invasion, the head of the Russian delegation at a major United Nations climate meeting, Oleg Anisimov, apologized “on behalf of all Russians who were not in measure to prevent this conflict”.
An anti-war message also appeared on the Instagram page of the Russian consulate in Edinburgh on May 6.
“I, Consul General of Russia in Edinburgh, AI Yakovlev, categorically condemn the military operation of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation against the sovereign and independent government of Ukraine,” the message read. “I fully support any help to the Ukrainian Armed Forces from EU countries.”
Russian authorities later claimed that the page had been hacked.