I keep reading posts on LinkedIn about how most Russians do not support the war and they did not vote for Putin and did not know anyone who did etc. There have been reports in Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland etc. where Russians are refused services or publicly called out at school for being Russian, some have drawn parallel between russophobia now and the anti-Japanese sentiment in the US during WWII, MENA discrimination post-911, and Asian hate crimes due to covid. Other arguments include that it is impossible to protest in Russia, so they should not be blamed for not speaking up, and that the West have also committed many atrocities. Most commonly cited ones are the American invasion of Iraq and the Israel-Palestine conflict.
On the other hand, there are also polls showing that the majority of Russians support the war and the letter Z is very trendy in Russia now like swastika used to be in 1930s Germany. Those from Baltic states also claim that the ethnic Russian minorities in their countries overwhelmingly support the Russian government. Even if many Russians condemn the war now, they practically unanimously supported the annexation of Crimea (note: so did Navalny) and the invasion of Georgia, so it is not unreasonable to infer that they are only against the war now due to the inconvenience brought upon by the sanctions. Even the Russian news editor’s protest on tv has been called staged as she only received a small fine in the end.
So what do you think? Should Russians be blamed for this war? Or are they also victims?
No. Russians are Putin’s enablers and are complicit in the country’s crime
Yes. Russians are also victims and it’s discrimination to blame them.
The thing is it looks like the majority of them have not spoken out. Individuals might not be responsible, but as a people, are they to blame? Germans were considered guilty after WWII. Should Russians get the same treatment?
There are polls showing the majority support this war. Even if they do not support this war now, they almost all supported annexation of Crimea, so it’s safe to say many of them only flipped because of the sanctions.
By whom? I certainly don’t consider them all complicit.
Certainly one could consider them all guilty and support the concept of collective guilt if you don’t believe in justice or the dignity owed to all humans merely by existing…you know, the foundation of rights the West.
Isn’t it obvious? Russians should feel that themselves, but they clearly do not. Those who are against the invasion keep quoting vapid shit like “make love not war” and cry foul over being discriminated in the West. I have not read one Russian agreeing that Russians, as a people, should be held responsible for their actions. They either support the invasion or they deny any involvement.