An aide to Russian “President” Vladimir Putin just resigned. Here’s what he said:

It is one thing to work in a country that is partly free. It is another thing when the political system has changed, and the country has stopped being free and democratic … I did not sign a contract with such a state, and therefore it is absolutely impossible to remain in this post.

The resignation comes a week before Russia takes over the G-8 summit.

Dan Drezner asks the next logical question. Why is Russia still a member of the G-8?