Former Putin adviser Chubais reportedly in European hospital

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Anatoly Chubais, who resigned as a senior adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin and left Russia shortly after the invasion of Ukraine, was said to be in intensive care on Sunday at a European hospital for a neurological condition.

Ksenia Sobchak, a Russian television personality and family friend of Chubais, said on Telegram that she had spoken with his wife, Avdotya, and that he suffered from Guillain-Barre syndrome. She didn’t say which clinic he was in.

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Guillain-Barre is a rare condition in which the body’s immune system attacks nerves. Sobchak said Chubais’ condition was “unstable,” but she quoted him as “moderate, stable.”

Although Chubais did not give the reason for his resignation in March, it was believed that this was because of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24.

He was the top tier of a string of official resignations. Chubais was recently Putin’s envoy to international organizations for sustainable development. He is well known in Russia, having held high profile positions since the early 1990s, when he oversaw privatization efforts under Boris Yeltsin.

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