After the start of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine, he left his homeland / Ex-Putin adviser Anatoly Chubais in intensive care: Was he poisoned?
A former adviser to Kremlin dictator Vladimir Putin is in an intensive care unit in Europe. Anatoli Chubais (67) fled Russia after the attack on Ukraine began – a case that makes you sit up and take notice: according to the New York Times, specialists searched his previous place of residence in protective suits! Was he poisoned?
The Russian journalist and alleged Putin goddaughter Ksenia Sobchak (40) first reported on Chubais’ hospitalization. She wrote on Telegram that Chubais suddenly no longer felt his arms and legs.
Sobchak wrote that doctors diagnosed him with the rare Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS). His condition is currently “stable”. The exact whereabouts of Chubais in Europe is not known.
Anatoly Chubais, until then the Kremlin’s special representative, left Russia unexpectedly on March 23 and was first seen in Turkey.
The former Putin advisor is considered the architect of Russia’s post-Soviet economic reforms and served as chief of staff under Boris Yeltsin. In recent years he had repeatedly called for economic reforms – he was considered one of the most prominent liberals in the Russian government.
Russia’s Poison Trail
The sudden illness of Chubais and the search of his apartment by specialists in protective suits made people sit up and take notice. Under dictator Vladimir Putin (69), the Kremlin has a history of poison attacks:
The most recent case: the poisoning of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny (46), who has been imprisoned in Russia for a year and a half after recovering.
► Sergei Skripal (71): The former double agent and his daughter Julia were exposed to the neurotoxin Novichok developed in the Soviet Union in March 2018 in Salisbury, England. Both narrowly escaped death.
Western intelligence agencies have accused the Russian government of orchestrating the attack in retaliation for Skripal’s double agent activities. A 44-year-old British woman who later came into contact with the nerve agent died.
► Alexander Perepilitschnij (✝︎44): The entrepreneur and top informant Alexander Perepilitschnij was found dead in front of his estate in England on November 10, 2012. He collapsed while jogging and was pronounced dead 25 minutes after police arrived.
Perepilichnij had provided Swiss prosecutors with evidence that corrupt Russian officials swindled millions of dollars in tax dollars and were involved in money laundering.
In the case of Perepilitschnij, the police assumed a natural death. However, an investigation commissioned by his life insurance company two years later found that traces of a toxin from the Chinese plant Gelsemium were found in his stomach.
▶︎ Alexander Litvinenko (✝︎44): The former Russian agent and Kremlin critic died in exile in London in 2006 from poisoning with highly radioactive polonium.
He had previously had tea with Russian businessmen and ex-KGB agents Dmitry Kovtun and Andrei Lugovoi. London blames Moscow, but the Kremlin denies any responsibility.
︎ Litvinenko’s friend Igor Ponomarev had suffered a heart attack two days earlier. Scotland Yard found the poison thallium in his blood.
► Viktor Yushchenko (68): After a meal with Ukrainian secret service agents in 2004, the then Ukrainian opposition politician fell seriously ill. Austrian doctors found a 50,000-fold increase in the level of the poison dioxin in his blood.