More on the Russian mobilization, protests, and people leaving the country

Things are moving fast right now in Russia. Here’s Niki, again, with an update on the general situation regarding the Ukraine war:

If I had to hazard a guess as to what will happen next, I’m going to say that anti-war protests will escalate dramatically, and probably so will police crackdowns (and forcible drafting as a result of arrests). And since it’s so hard for people to get out of country with the roads, airports, etc. all backed up, there’s going to be a refugee crisis before long.

It’s not looking good, but one small thing IS giving me hope: There seems to be a growing anti-war sentiment there. Not everyone is deceived by the crass anti-Ukraine state propaganda, they are seeing through the double-talk, and the demonstrations are getting louder. People will be taking to the streets more, colder weather notwithstanding. As George Orwell wrote (via Winston Smith): If there is hope, it lies in the proles.

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