Vladimir Putin’s adviser and close companion from the Saint Petersburg days, Anatoly Chubais (66), has quit his job and left Russia.
Chubais advised Putin on issues of sustainable development and was also head of the state investment company “Rosnano”. His departure speaks for a break with Putin. Chubais and Putin both served under then-reform mayor Anatoly Sobchak in Saint Petersburg in the mid-1990s.
The absence of Defense Minister Shoigu and the dismissal of several high-ranking intelligence officers speak of discord and purges in the government.