Magazine article Russian Life

McFaul Quits

Magazine article Russian Life

McFaul Quits

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Academic to return to private life

After a comparatively short two-year stint as US Ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul is packing his bags.

"After more than five years working in the Obama administration, it's time to go home," McFaul said, announcing that he is moving back to California, where he formerly taught at Stanford University (his family returned last summer). McFaul was an early advisor to Obama during his campaign, joining the administration in 2008 as part of the NSC, where he crafted the president's Russia policy. A widely respected academic with expertise on democracy and anti-government movements in post-Soviet states, he is only the second non-career diplomat in the last 30 years to serve as ambassador to Russia.

"I simply need to be with my family again," the envoy wrote, explaining that his wife and two sons had moved from Moscow to continue school in America, and he just could not remain without them.

"I will leave Russia reluctantly. I love this job," he said.

But the job brought McFaul - one of the first diplomats to embrace Twitter - headaches as well. …

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