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Bondarev announced his resignation in a letter of resignation. There he took a hard line against the regime in Russia.

– I have never been as much ashamed of my country as I have been since February 24, Boris Bondarev writes in a farewell letter.

It was on February 24 that Russia invaded Ukraine. A war Bondarev also considers a crime against the Russian people.

It is very unusual in Russia, we must believe Iver B. Neumann, director of the Fridtjof Nansen Institute.

UNUSUAL: Iver B. Neumann describes Bondarev’s departure as very interesting and unusual for Russian diplomats.

Photo: Jan Dalsgaard Sørensen

– In Russia, there is no tradition at all for this. So when you first drop out as a diplomat, you make a real f ***, he says.

According to Neumann, this is because democracy in Russia is much weaker than in countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom.

– It is a direct consequence of the fact that we are dealing with an authoritarian regime, that if you first withdraw, then it must happen with brask and bram and the flag to the top.

Published farewell letters

It was on Linkedin that Bondarev announced his resignation. There he strongly opposed the war in Ukraine, accusing the Russian regime of crimes against the Russian people as well.

– The aggressive war that Putin unleashed against Ukraine, and in fact against the entire Western world, is not only a crime against the Ukrainian people, but perhaps also the most serious crime against the people of Russia.

Bondarev on LinkedIn

WORK: Boris Bondarev published the farewell letter on the social media Linkedin. There he was also quick to announce that he is open to taking a new job.

Photo: Screenshot / LinkedIn

Bondarev accuses the regime of doing everything in its power to acquire more power.

– Those who conceived this war want only one thing – to remain in power forever, live in pompous tasteless palaces, sail in yachts and enjoy unlimited power and complete impunity, Bondarev writes and continues:

– To achieve this, they are willing to sacrifice as many lives as it takes. Thousands of Russians and Ukrainians have already died just for this.

Can have major consequences

Withdrawing as a diplomat, and at the same time reaching out to the regime in the way Bondarev does, can have major consequences, according to Neumann.

– He will not be loved in Russia exactly, Neumann says.

Neumann is aware that the consequences can be many and painful.

– It’s huge costs. You can not go home for a while, you are looked down upon and lose the network. It is a very big price to pay.

Russia researcher at Nupi, Jakub M, Godzimirski, is aware that precisely the consequences of withdrawing can lead to more diplomats out there who do not dare to follow Bondarev’s example.

Jakub M. Godzimirski is a researcher at the Norwegian Institute of Foreign Policy.

DOUBTS: Jakub M. Godzimirski does not think we will see many who follow in Bondarev’s footsteps.

Photo: Christopher Olssøn

– I doubt that there will be very many. You lose your job and network, put your family in danger and are exposed to a smear campaign in your home country.

At the same time, Godzimirski says that Bondarev is not the only Russian who has gone to war in this way.

– Former Foreign Minister Andrej Kozyrev reacted to the war earlier this spring on Twitter, urging diplomats to withdraw, Godzimirski explains.

Bondarev himself is aware that there are several who share his point of view.

– They are sensible, but must shut up, Bondarev concludes.

Hailed by UN Watch

Hillel Neuer, chief executive of the human rights organization UN Watch, praises Bondarev, calling the Russian diplomat a hero.

– Bondarev is a hero. We now urge all Russian diplomats in the UN to follow Bondarev’s example, says Neuer.

Neuer emphasizes that the UN, led by the United States, Britain and the EU, must take responsibility for ensuring that Russian defectors receive protection and assistance in resettling in other countries.

The human rights organization UN Watch recently led the campaign to expel Russia from the UN Human Rights Council, which was adopted on 8 April.