Anatoly Chubais (67) was a powerful figure in Russia. For decades he held top positions in large state-run companies, and last year Vladimir Putin, 69, appointed him as Commissioner for Sustainable Development. It was thanks to the Russian president that Chubais, considered the architect of privatization in Russia in the 1990s, gave him his first job in the Kremlin in the mid-1990s. But the friendship broke down when Putin invaded Ukraine. Chubais raised his voice against the war, resigned as special envoy to the Kremlin and fled to Sardinia. To date, he is the highest-ranking adviser to turn his back on Putin – though by no means the only one.
Now pictures of Chubais have come out which are shocking. He is weak in appearance in the hospital, can no longer close his eyes, his face is partially paralyzed, his arms and legs are no longer working as they should.
his condition is stable
Tschubais was officially diagnosed with the rare neurological disease Guillain-Barré syndrome. This is reported by the British newspaper “The Sun” with reference to former Russian presidential candidate Xenia Sobchak (40), who made the matter public. Chubais is currently in intensive care and his condition has stabilized.
However, Italian authorities suspect that Chubais was poisoned and are investigating accordingly.
According to the report, an alleged Kremlin insider claimed on Telegram that Chubais was on the so-called “hit list” without providing any evidence. A total of 18 people who were hostile to Nikolai Petrushu (71) will stand on it. Petrushev headed Russia’s Domestic Secret Service (FSB) for years, is currently secretary of the Russian Security Council, is considered a hardliner who is hostile to Europe and a possible successor to Putin as Russian president.
The list of possible poison attacks is long
This thesis is not verifiable: Poison attacks on Russian defectors are well documented – the suspicion is always there: the Russian Secret Service.
In 2004, Viktor Yushchenko (68), the then opposition candidate and later President of Ukraine, became seriously ill from dioxin poisoning after eating rice.
Former Russian agent and Kremlin critic Alexander Litvinenko († 44) died in exile in London in 2006 from poisoning with highly radioactive polonium.
Alexander Pereplitschny († 44) died while jogging in London in 2012. Traces of Gelsemium poison were found in his stomach. Perepilichny was a potential key witness in the 2009 death case of a Russian lawyer.
narrowly escape from death
Vladimir Kara-Mursa (40) was an adviser to the opposition politician Boris Nemtsov († 55), who was shot dead in Moscow in 2015. A few months after Nemtsov was murdered, he suddenly fell into a coma with kidney failure after lunch in Moscow. Doctors diagnosed poisoning but could not identify any causative substances. In 2017 he was again taken to the hospital with symptoms of poisoning.
Former double agent Sergei Skripal (71) and his daughter Julia (38) were exposed to Novichok, a neurotoxin developed in the Soviet Union, in Salisbury, England, in March 2018. Both narrowly survived.
In September 2018, Pyotr Versilov (34), a Russian activist from the protest group Pussy Riot, was taken to a Moscow hospital with possible symptoms of poisoning.
Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny (46) suddenly fell into a coma during a flight to Russia on August 20, 2020. German doctors later diagnosed Novichok poisoning. Meanwhile, Navalani is back home and is serving a one-year jail term.
Several other former close aides of Putin have either died, been imprisoned or disappeared from public view in recent months. Attempts to blame the Russian Secret Service have so far been unsuccessful. (of)