Anatoly Chubais, former adviser to Putin, suffers from a rare neurological disease

A former high-ranking adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin – who fled the country after Ukraine was invaded – fell seriously ill and was in intensive care on Sunday, according to a report.

Anatoly Chubais was suffering from a neurological disorder in a European hospital, according to Ksenia Sobchak, a Russian television personality and friend of Chubais.

Sobchak, on Telegram, spoke with Chubais’ wife and was told he has Guillain-Barré syndrome.

Guillain-Barre occurs when a person’s immune system damages nerves in the body, which can lead to muscle weakness and even paralysis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Chubais, 67, had become numb in his hands and legs. Specialists in “chemical protective suits” probed the room where he suddenly fell ill, according to the New York Times.

Chubais has not explained why he resigned from his post in March, although it is speculated that it was due to Russia’s February 24 invasion of Ukraine. His highly publicized resignation was one of many after the war began.

Chubais’ wife shared that he suffered from Guillain-Barré syndrome.
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Anatoly Chubais with Vladimir Putin
Chubais was a former high-ranking adviser to Vladimir Putin.
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He recently served as Putin’s envoy to international organizations for sustainable development and is well known in the country having held numerous high-level positions since the early 1990s.

His illness is raising suspicion given that other Kremlin opponents have mysteriously and suddenly fallen ill in the past, including Alexei Navalny, who was apparently poisoned in 2020.

With post wires

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