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Russian diplomat who quit over 'shame' of war fears for his safety

After he quit over the “disaster”, a veteran Russian diplomat said that he was concerned for his safety.

Boris Bondarev (41), said that he was “never so ashamed of my country” or the “aggressive warfare” waged in his name by President Vladimir Putin’s troops.

He stated that the government he was supporting was “intolerable”.

Bondarev worked as a permanent representative of the country at the United Nations in Geneva. He added that “As a civil service, I have to take a part of that responsibility, and I don’t want to do it.”

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He stated that he disagreed and disapproved with the current Moscow policy and that he could no longer be considered a Russian diplomat.

“I went to the Mission like any other Monday morning, and I forwarded my resignation letters and then I walked out.”

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He expressed his fear, saying, “Against my safety…yes, I’m concerned about it, yeah.” It is possible, I believe so.

It is rare to see a political resignation in the face of war that began three months ago.

When asked if his colleagues felt the same, Bondarev replied: “Not all Russian diplomats have a tendency to warmonger. They can be reasonable, but they must keep their mouths shut.

Image Mr Bondarev stated that his government was doing ‘intolerable’

Bondarev was a counsellor for arms control and suggested that others might be prevented from going public if he is charged.

He said, “If my case gets prosecuted, then other people will not follow me.”

Image Vladimir Putin tried to curb criticism of his war

Putin’s government sought to suppress dissent about the war in Ukraine, and how the Kremlin refers to the “special military operations” that is underway.

Bondarev stated that those who launched the war wanted “only one thing”: to be in power forever, to live in extravagant tasteless palaces, to sail on yachts with a tonnage and cost comparable to the whole Russian Navy, enjoy unlimited power, and to be completely impunity.

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He said, “Today the ministry of foreign Affairs is not about diplomacy. It’s all about lies, war and hatred.

LinkedIn announced the exit of the Russian envoy.

He wrote, “I studied to become a diplomat and have been one for 20 years.”

“The Russian foreign ministry has become my family and home. But I cannot continue to share in this horrible, unwitting and completely unnecessary ignominy.”

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He stated that he did not plan to leave Geneva.

He stated that he didn’t know what he would do next. It’s something I am thinking about, but I feel that if I have the need to return to Russia, then it might not be very pleasant.

In response to the invasion, the West has placed severe sanctions on Russia and offered military support to Ukraine.

Hiller Neuer is the executive director of UN Watch. He said that Boris Bondarev was a hero.

The Russian mission spokesperson did not respond immediately to calls.

More information on the Ukraine war:

Russian soldier sentenced to life in prison for murdering unarmed civilian

Over eight million people have been displaced by conflict

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