Today came the news that the Russian diplomat Boris Bondarev has resigned from the Russian delegation to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. He resigns in protest of Russia’s war in Ukraine. The criticism he makes is harsh and a settlement with the Russian system.
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It is brave and of course rightly done by Boris Bondarev. It’s brave because his resignation is the end of his diplomatic career. I would also think he is running a significant risk by doing this.
In his open letter, he says, among other things, that he has never been as ashamed of being a Russian as after 24 February. Furthermore, he calls Putin’s war a crime, not only against the Ukrainian people but also a crime committed against the Russian people.
He further says that those who decided to go to war did so in order to retain power forever. Bondarev comes with strong criticism of Foreign Minister Lavrov. In recent years, the lies have reached a catastrophic level, he says, among other things. He also says that a self-deceiving system is being built.
One of few
Boris Bondarev is currently one of the few Russian diplomats who has come forward with open criticism of Putin’s war. In the conflict between one’s own career and one’s own conscience, the career often wins. Therefore, it is especially admirable of Boris Bondarev to come forward with the critique of the war and the system.
Hopefully, his courageous confrontation with the Russian system and the war in Ukraine will be a door opener for others. Maybe others will follow, or at least think through what system they are part of.
For Bondarev won the conscience. He should have all the credit for that. I wish him all the best and hope he can face challenges elsewhere than in the Russian system.