Russia’s Pool of Talented People Leaving: No Future There

“This exodus will mean the degradation of the nation. The country doesn’t have a very large pool of talented people. Without them, Russia can’t develop itself”. __ Over 200,000 Fled by 2nd Week of March

Leaving Russia

Tech workers make up just one category of young workers who are leaving. Roughly 100,000 tech workers have left Russia. If one counts engineers, scientists, mathematicians, and professionals in business, medicine, and finance — the number is much higher. Throw in their families and significant others and the count climbs ever closer to the million mark.

Russia cannot afford to lose its talented people, just as it cannot afford to lose the hundreds of thousands of healthy young men that Putin has put at risk in Ukraine.

“The more talent that Europe or the United States can take away from Russia today, the more benefits these new innovators, whose potential will be fully realized abroad, will bring to other countries,” he said.

This is just the beginning…

Why Won’t the Ethnic Russians of Ukraine Embrace Putin’s Army?

…any assumptions that Russian forces might have an easier time in eastern Ukraine were mistaken. Despite the aggressive assault, Moscow has not taken full control of the region’s major urban areas: Kramatorsk, Mariupol, and Severodonetsk. Its northern and southern invasion forces still have several lines of Ukrainian defenses and a few hundred kilometers of territory to cross before they can unite, and the army is fighting hard to prevent Russia from succeeding. And even in the places that have fallen, Russia has struggled to assert its dominance. There has been limited vocal support from locals; indeed, many have turned out to protest the occupation, staring down arrest, violence, and even forced relocations.

The unexpected combination of military and civil resistance in the east has put the entirety of Russia’s war strategy in question. If the country can’t take and hold eastern Ukraine, it is extremely unlikely it will succeed anywhere else. __ Putin’s Self-Immolation

Europe is more unified against Russia than ever; NATO stronger and more determined

Food and energy shortages from Putin’s war will lead to massive global unrest

Russia is heading toward a civil war. A war between generations. Older Russians remain brainwashed by state media, while a significant number of younger Russians have adopted a wider range of information sources. This has led to strong differences in beliefs about who is the “good guy” and who is the “bad guy” in Putin’s genocidal war against a peaceful sovereign neighboring nation of Slavic cousins.

The power structure inside Russia is coming under a greater strain, in large part due to inter-generational stresses. The old structure led by former KGB officers under the old Soviet regime will not last much longer. For many reasons, Russian men simply do not live that long. Younger oligarchs and high level officials come from a different era and have different loyalties and objectives. Money for the sake of money and personal power is displacing the older programmed compulsion to use money to destroy the west through influence operations. Putin was indoctrinated in the old USSR and could not help but fall into the slime pit. Younger leaders who replace him will have entirely different slime pits to wallow in.

Putin’s Ukrainian miscalculation will remain an object lesson to whatever Russian generations remain in the future. The little dictator painted Russia into a dysfunctional corner, with the predictable catastrophic results. It is just a matter of watching to see who will pick up the pieces eventually, over time.

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