Sobchak said she talked to Chubais’s wife, who said that her husband’s condition was “unstable. He became very ill, he began to stop feeling his arms and legs.”
She directly quoted Chubais, who said about his condition: “I was hospitalized in one of the European clinics with a diagnosis of Guillain-Barr syndrome. Condition of moderate severity, stable.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Guillain-Barré syndrome is a rare condition in which the immune system damages the body’s nerves.
Chubais did not respond to CNN’s request for comment, and it’s unclear where he is in Europe right now.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday the Kremlin had no details about what happened to Chubais, but said it was “sad news.”
Chubais stepped down as the Kremlin’s special envoy for environmental issues in March. Reuters, citing two people familiar with the matter, said he left the country because of the war in Ukraine. Chubais did not respond to CNN’s request for comment at the time. In March, the Kremlin confirmed that Chubais had quit his job. Chubais has been working in the field of ecology since December 4, 2020, TASS reports.
He became known as Boris Yeltsin’s finance minister in the 1990s. In the early days of Putin’s coming to power, Chubais was considered an opponent of the current president. Putin stated in a series of interviews in 1999 that Chubais had turned down a position in the Kremlin that he had originally been offered.
In recent years, Chubais has continued to call for economic reform and has been one of the few remaining liberals associated with the Russian government.