Therefore, one should agree with Seimas member L.Andrikienė’s description that this is not V.Putin’s war, but Russia’s war against another state.
Only a small percentage of Russians oppose the decision of their leaders to plunge the country into a massacre that will have dramatic consequences for Russia itself, cynically called a special military operation. And those who speak about it publicly are even fewer, and that’s only from the tribunes of other countries.
On RTVi, which is not broadcast in Russia, I heard an interview with G. Javlinskis, one of the creators of the liberal party “Jablok”.
This figure avoided directly criticizing the actions of the Kremlin and spoke more about the economic consequences of the war for Russia and the coming repression against dissenters. He stated that he had no intention of withdrawing from Russia under any circumstances. When asked if V. Putin is not bluffing when he threatens nuclear weapons, he replied that he usually does what he says.
In any case, the media controlled by the Kremlin informs the population about the everyday, even domestic life of the state: they show reports about a child bitten by a dog in some province, how the government takes care of pensioners, bridges are built, roads are paved, fires are extinguished, international forums on economic and security issues are organized, holidays are organized, relaxing on their own and the world’s beaches.
It goes without saying that there is also news from the front, which tells about the step-by-step, albeit slow, but sure movement of Russian soldiers into the depths of Ukraine, the panicked flight of Ukrainian units, their surrender, desperate fierce resistance, and the shelling of peaceful Donbas residents with modern Western weapons. They keep silent about the losses of their army.
There are even a dozen propaganda “discussion” shows, in which almost the same invited “experts” participate, explaining about the inevitable “just” war and the Western conspiracy against Russia. The media of Western countries criticizing their own governments is widely used. For example, Fox News in the US.
Ministers of Western countries speaking against the backdrop of the “cosmic” rise in gas, oil, and electricity prices are mocked. And yet entertainment shows, dances, songs, concerts, and brainstorming dominate. And about the war – only the leadership of Donbass from the “neo-Nazis” of Ukraine.
Of course, galvanized coffins arrive from the front, but in the vast territory of Russia, completely silent about it in the media, they disperse. I heard a convincing explanation: contractors and some conscripts from the provinces are fighting at the front.
In short, Russia does not live in a war regime. Everything is overshadowed by the blue screen, as we used to say in the Soviet era.
Of course, this does not eliminate the responsibility of Russian society for suffering and death in Ukraine, but it allows us to understand at least a part of the reasons for passivity. It is difficult to say whether the initiative to restrict tourism from Russia to the West, as well as the reduction of the number of Schengen visas (Finland – 10%), or not allowing those who already have such documents into the EU, will irritate Russians who are indifferent to the war and turn their nerves towards the Kremlin’s policy.
Richer Russians, who have been rubbing shoulders with the Mediterranean or Atlantic coasts for a long time, will find ways to avoid restrictions.
Ordinary tourists will be affected, of which, by the way, there are not so many due to their poor financial resources.
And those who are not allowed to go to the West for vacation will go to Turkey, which will not only limit them, but also invite them additionally. Spain, as far as I know from experience, has its own opinion.
It makes no sense to torture the Russian population with any restrictions. They have a genetic memory from the time of the gulags. Most of the Russians were there. Russia will rise neither suddenly nor slowly.
The Bolshevik revolution preceded the war of the tsarist empire, but it also quickly created a new type of autocracy.
Until now, Russia is a powerful inert mass that believes in the ideology propagated by its state. The society of this country easily succumbs to ideological doctrines.
Currently, many Russians believe the Kremlin’s propaganda that the West wants to occupy Russia for its natural resources, establish its own companies and rule the entire country.
This is the basis of the war against Ukraine, which was allegedly prepared by the West as a military bridgehead against Russia. There are those who do not believe in this propaganda, there are those who want to leave their country, just like in Bolshevik times.
By the way, Lithuania, starting with Russia’s first dissident A. Kurbski, remembered in A. Pushkin’s drama “Boris Godunov”, was one of the countries that accepted refugees.
After the so-called October Revolution, Lithuania was open to the Russian intelligentsia retreating from terror.
The history of philosophy knows L.Karsavinas, 1922. exiled from Russia, since 1928 Kaunas University professor, 1940-1946. who lived in Vilnius, died in exile in Siberia in 1952.
Another famous person is the philosopher V. Sezaman, who worked in Russia until then, and since 1923 invited to the University of Lithuania (since 1930 – Vytautas Didižiojos) in Kaunas.
He wrote his most important works here. in 1950 accused of anti-Soviet activities and exiled to Taišet camp. 1956-1963 taught at Vilnius University Department of Philosophy.
Another personality who came from Russia – V. Šilkarskis, since 1921. until 1940 manifested in excellent Lithuanian language in university activities.
And at the moment, with the strengthening of repressions in Russia, there is an opportunity to shelter scientists who are in favor of Lithuania.