'Ashamed' Russian UN diplomat resigns in Geneva over Ukraine war

Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva (Credit: Twitter/ Russian Mission in Geneva)

Boris Bondarev, Russia’s counsellor to the UN in Geneva, resigned on Monday, calling the war in Ukraine a “crime against the Ukrainian people” as well as Russia’s population.

“Never have I been so ashamed of my country as on February 24 of this year,” the Russian expert on arms control wrote on a Linkedin post.

“I regret to admit that over all these twenty years the level of lies and unprofessionalism in the work of the Foreign Ministry has been increasing all the time. However, in most recent years, this has become simply catastrophic.”

Bondarev accused the ministry of spreading “propaganda clichés in the spirit of Soviet newspapers of the 1930s” and warmongering. He further wrote that Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was a “good illustration of the degradation of this system”, blasting him for giving conflicting statements and threatening the world with nuclear weapons.

“I studied to be a diplomat and have been a diplomat for twenty years. The Ministry has become my home and family. But I simply cannot any longer share in this bloody, witless and absolutely needless ignominy,” Bondarev wrote, concluding his post with a “job offers are welcome”.

The post received several comments of encouragement. UN Watch also circulated on Twitter a screenshot of a letter that the Geneva-based organisation says was shared with other diplomats.

Contacted by Geneva Solutions, the Russian mission said that they had “no comment” at this stage and that any official response would be published on the website of the foreign ministry.