This would be a story you wouldn't believe if he hadn't told it, complete with video, the protagonist at the independent Russian site The Insider and reported the Ukrainian economic news site liga.net. Igor Volobuev, vice president of Gazprombank, the "gas bank" to which the governments of half of Europe pay the "bills", has made it known that he fled Russia to join the war alongside Ukraine, becoming at least the fourth top executive o official known to have made this path, but above all the first to put his face on it.
Volobuev, 2 years old and XNUMX years employed by Gazprom with a very successful career, announced that he left Russia on March XNUMX and joined the Ukrainian territorial defense forces because: "I couldn't watch from the sidelines what Russia was doing to my homeland"said Volobuev, born in the northeastern Ukrainian city of Okhtyrka.
Has explained: “The Russians were killing my father, my acquaintances and close friends. My father lived for a month in a cold basement. People I knew from childhood told me they were ashamed of me ".
Volobuev said he was fired immediately after leaving Russia but also that no one in Russia was fully aware of his decision.
Volobuev also confessed to having been part of Gazprombank's public relations team tasked with undermining Ukraine's gas transportation system in the eyes of European consumers. Recall that the United States applied sanctions against Gazprombank on the same day that Russia attacked Ukraine.
Volobuev has raised very strong doubts about the official explanations of the killings-suicides of the former vice president of Gazprombank Vladislav Avaev, which took place in Moscow, and of the former top manager of the energy giant Novatek Sergei Protosenya, in Spain. He absolutely does not believe they were suicides: indeed, Avail's execution may have been "staged because he might have known too much".
Other senior executives and officials known to have left Russia during the war, albeit on a lower profile, include Sberbank's first vice-chairman Lev Khasis, presidential envoy Anatoly Chubais, and Aeroflot's deputy CEO Andrei Panov.
We believe we are among the first in Italy to report this news and we are not surprised, given that of the billion euros that pass from Europe to Putin's Russia through GazpromBank, a good part comes from our country. It takes a lot of courage to talk about the rot around this colossus.