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Russian diplomat resigns in protest against Moscow’s ‘aggressive war’

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Boris Bondarev, a diplomat posted to Russia’s mission to the United Nations in Geneva, posted a press release on a LinkedIn account condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and criticizing the Russian Ministry of Overseas Affairs for complicity in what he described as an an “aggressive conflict” — language that’s proscribed in Russia beneath wartime censorship legal guidelines.

“For twenty years of my diplomatic profession I’ve seen totally different turns of our overseas coverage, however by no means have I been so ashamed of my nation as on February 24 of this 12 months,” Bondarev wrote, referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s choice to invade Ukraine.

“The aggressive conflict unleashed by Putin towards Ukraine, and in reality towards your entire Western world, shouldn’t be solely a criminal offense towards the Ukrainian individuals, but in addition, maybe, probably the most critical crime towards the individuals of Russia, with a bold letter Z crossing out all hopes and prospects for a affluent free society in our nation,” Bondarev wrote.

The revered Russian enterprise newspaper Kommersant reached Bondarev, who confirmed the authenticity of the put up. The New York Instances confirmed the receipt of a resignation despatched by e-mail to diplomats in Geneva.

The Russian mission to the UN in Geneva declined to touch upon the matter to CNN, and Bondarev didn’t reply to messages despatched to the LinkedIn account.

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The LinkedIn put up lambasted Russia’s management for corruption, saying, “Those that conceived this conflict need just one factor — to stay in energy endlessly, reside in pompous tasteless palaces, sail on yachts comparable in tonnage and value to your entire Russian Navy, having fun with limitless energy and full impunity. To attain that they’re prepared to sacrifice as many lives because it takes. Hundreds of Russians and Ukrainians have already died only for this.”

It additionally singled out the Russian MFA for harsh criticism.

“I remorse to confess that over all these twenty years the extent of lies and unprofessionalism within the work of the Overseas Ministry has been rising on a regular basis. Nevertheless, in most up-to-date years, this has change into merely catastrophic. As a substitute of unbiased data, neutral evaluation and sober forecasting, there are propaganda clichés within the spirit of Soviet newspapers of the Nineteen Thirties,” the put up learn. “At this time, the Ministry of Overseas Affairs shouldn’t be about diplomacy. It’s all about warmongering, lies and hatred. It serves pursuits of few, the only a few individuals thus contributing to additional isolation and degradation of my nation. Russia not has allies, and there’s no one in charge however its reckless and ill-conceived coverage.”

The LinkedIn profile describes Bondarev as a veteran of Russian diplomatic service, with experience in arms management and nonproliferation. The image on the profile now has the hashtag #opentowork.