Before Russian President Vladimir Putin pulled the trigger on the war in Ukraine, The Washington Post reported there were “surprising cracks in the Kremlin” regarding support for an invasion.
After losing approximately “one-third of its combat forces in Ukraine,” The Daily Wire is reporting “brewing discontent” among Russian citizens and severe condemnation of the war by a Russian diplomat to the U.N. as he resigned.
On Monday, Boris Bondarev, Counselor at the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations, reported that he delivered his resignation to Gennady Gatilov, the permanent representative of the Russian Federation to the U.N. Office in Geneva.
In a letter addressed to colleagues, Bondarev expressed the rationale for his decision to resign:
“For twenty years of my diplomatic career, I have seen different turns of our foreign policy, but never have I been so ashamed of my country as on February 24 of this year.”
Bondarev expressed his view that Putin’s war in Ukraine has far-reaching ramifications:
“The aggressive war unleashed by Putin against Ukraine, and in fact against the entire Western world, is not only a crime against the Ukrainian people, but also, perhaps, the most serious crime against the people of Russia, with a bold letter Z crossing out all hopes and prospects for a prosperous free society in our country,” the letter continued.
Becoming more and more pointed as the letter unfolds, Bondarev moves on to say:
“Those who conceived this war want only one thing — to remain in power forever, live in pompous tasteless palaces, sail on yachts comparable in tonnage and cost to the entire Russian Navy, enjoying unlimited power and complete impunity,” he charged. “To achieve that they are willing to sacrifice as many lives as it takes. Thousands of Russians and Ukrainians have already died just for this.”
In a warning to his colleagues and rebuke to national leaders, Bondarev wrote:
“I regret to admit that over all these twenty years the level of lies and unprofessionalism in the work of the Foreign Ministry has been increasing all the time. However, in recent years, this has become simply catastrophic.”
“Instead of unbiased information, impartial analysis and sober forecasting, there are propaganda clichés in the spirit of Soviet newspapers of the 1930s. A system has been built that deceives itself.”
“Minister Lavrov is a good illustration of the degradation of this system,” Bondarev said of Sergey Lavrov, the Foreign Minister of Russia. “In 18 years, he went from a professional and educated intellectual, whom many my colleagues held in such high esteem, to a person who constantly broadcasts conflicting statements and threatens the world (that is, Russia too) with nuclear weapons!”
“Today, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is not about diplomacy,” Bondarev concluded. “It is all about warmongering, lies and hatred. It serves interests of few, the very few people thus contributing to further isolation and degradation of my country. Russia no longer has allies, and there is no one to blame but its reckless and ill-conceived policy.”
“I studied to be a diplomat and have been a diplomat for twenty years. The Ministry has become my home and family. But I simply cannot any longer share in this bloody, witless and absolutely needless ignominy.”
Bondarev’s letter and bold resignation were well received by many notables in the U.N. and leaders in the West:
Hillel Neuer, Executive Director of U.N. Watch, praised Bondarev for his public admission, calling him a “hero” and adding, “We are now calling on all other Russian diplomats at the United Nations—and worldwide—to follow his moral example and resign.”
Bill Browder, the founder of Hermitage Capital, also praised Bondarev, writing, “This is an unbelievable letter below from a top Russian diplomat denouncing Putin in no uncertain terms. This is the language that all Russian officials and oligarchs should use if they have any chance of being treated gently by the West.”
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