With Felix Light and Peter Conradi in Vladimir Putin’s war with just three weeks to go to Ukraine, many young Russians are trying to “adapt to a country they hardly recognize”. Sunday Times. About 14,000 people were arrested for anti-war Demonstration nationwide; Rumors revolved around the police seizing people’s phones to check what they had read. Access to social networks such as Facebook and Instagram is blocked; Twitter is “severely restricted”. On top of that, 300 foreign brands – including Disney and Uniqlo as of last week – have withdraw from Russia, an exodus that has cost thousands of Russians their jobs. For those who recall the dark days of the Soviet Union, this nascent global isolation must feel all too familiar; the rest, “the speed of the country going down to pariah status is dizzying”.
Ben Judah says in The Sunday Telegraph. Currently, up to 200,000 of the “brightest and most active” citizens have left mainly for Georgia and Armenia; many others, fearing the dawn of “a dark new era” of oppression and ruin, would follow. They are right to worry, says Larry Elliott in The Observer. Paralyzed by sanctions, Russian Economy could face its steepest decline “since the collapse of the Soviet Union”. There have been warnings that Russia will try to pay the $117 million in interest it owes to foreign lenders in rubles – a move seen as a de facto default and acknowledging that the country cannot foreign debt repayment.
Charlene Rodrigues says in The Independent. Even some moderate Russians began to turn away from the West as sanctions; Soviet nostalgic elders are actually drawn to the idea of becoming “more self-sufficient” and less face-to-face with the West. Sunny Hundal said: “Putin had to be punished”. same sheet of paper. But the departure of companies from Russia in recent weeks, coupled with Putin’s crackdown, means “a generation of Russians will grow up with limited access to Western culture and ideas.” “. That would be bad not only for Russia, but for everyone.
https://www.theweek.co.uk/news/world-news/russia/956116/is-russia-turning-back-into-the-ussr Will Russia become the Soviet Union?