Russians are fleeing the war. Should we close borders to them?

Russians are fleeing the war. Should we close borders to them?
Russians are fleeing the war. Should we close borders to them?
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Bucha, Izjum, Azovstal, Irpien, Krematorsk. Countless ruined villages and towns, shelled schools, kindergartens and hospitals. Mass graves, torture of prisoners of war and civilians. None of these things and the thousands of crimes committed by the Russian army after the aggression against Ukraine caused such a stir in the country as the announcement of partial mobilization. About 300 thousand reservists within a few months it must join the Russian army, which needs military and propaganda success after its defeats in the northeastern part of the front.

Already, however, the public’s reaction to conscription is Putin’s greatest defeat, apart from the very decision to attack. It is one thing to see in the media a war satisfying imperial ambitions that does not directly affect the inhabitants Moscow if Petersburgand the second awareness that the noose is tightening and it is no longer possible to live in the current bubble.

About how much Kremlin missed the “official” public mood, according to which over 70 percent. The Russians support the war in Ukraine, as evidenced by the fact that the penal code was hastily amended, offering 10 years of a labor camp for refusing to appear when summoned. According to reports by independent Russian journalists, military personnel will also be directed to the crowded borders with Finland, Georgia and Mongolia to ensure that men of military age do not evade “the duty to serve their homeland”.

And here the question arises – what to do when many ordinary Russians voted with their feet for not being able to live anymore in a country that treats them like cannon fodder. Commiserate? Let in, hoping that this will weaken Moscow’s military potential? Grant asylum considering that many of these people will otherwise end up in jail?

Both Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia have decided not to wait for the EU’s top-down decisions to ban visas with Russia, already closing their borders to economic, sports, tourist or cultural travels. From September 26, the possibility of entry through air and sea border crossings will also be limited. The Baltic states and Poland justified their decision in a nutshell. They can be summarized in the words of the Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs, who, when asked why Riga will not issue humanitarian visas for Russian citizens who refuse to mobilize, replied: –This decision was made for security reasons.

This is the essence of the matter. If someone has not protested for six months, often supported the aggression against Ukraine, is a citizen of a country whose president believes that he is at war with the West and is threatening him with nuclear weapons – to some extent he must bear the consequences of his country’s policy. Even if it is a collective responsibility, it is difficult. If the Russians really do not want to die, they should massively manifest their dissatisfaction, as did young Belarusians and now Iranians. Admitting the fleeing Russians on a mass scale, and such a mistake is made, among others, by Finland is also a threat to the stability of the European Union.

Who knows what people, with what hidden motivations and connections with the agents will penetrate our capitals? Instead of giving Russian conscripts a ticket to the free world, the pressure on Russia should be increased, according to which these people may be the beginning of social unrest that could destabilize and change the direction of the Kremlin’s policy. There is no room for half-measures here. Young Russians had too much time to leave the war. It’s time to drink the brewed beer.

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Marcin Makowski, Interia

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The article is in Polish

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