Fear and skepticism: “Russia has already lost the war”

Now even Putin’s most ardent supporters are losing faith in an imminent victory in the Ukraine war: “Where once there was hope and confidence in a speedy return to at least a relatively peaceful life, today the prevailing understanding is that “What is happening now is only the first phase of a protracted crisis,” Mikhail Rostovsky wrote in one of Russia’s largest newspapers, Moskovsky Komsomolets (MK). “Anyone who expects peace in June or July” is disappointed “.

Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on the peace treaty

Current evidence of this came from Kiev and Moscow: Dmitry Medvedev (56), a former Russian president and now deputy chairman of the Russian Security Council, claimed that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky could not use a peace treaty, which would mean the end of his political. “Therefore, Zelensky continues to beg the West for money and weapons, proving that he is at stake, that he is the hope of the liberal world, that he is the last bastion of European democracy that the jacket-clad bear wants to tear down. ”

Earlier, Oleksiy Danilov (59), secretary of the Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, had claimed that in the current war there could no longer be a “peace treaty”, but only “surrender”.

“It is not useful to give birth”

With a mixture of confusion and despair, Rostowski, in the face of such statements, points out that the Austrian psychiatrist Viktor Frankl (1905 – 1997) is currently one of the most cited authors on Russian social networks. The reason for this: Frankl’s 1946 book Still Say Yes to Life, in which he described survival strategies as a concentration camp inmate. Russian readers describe his experience by telling how those prisoners awaiting a speedy release and those preparing for a long sentence died: “Those who survived were those who focused on their daily lives, without thinking that what could have happened or not. “

Apparently, this maximum is now supposed to apply to the war in Ukraine, although Michael Rostowski himself admits that comparisons of the Russian situation with the fate of concentration camp prisoners are “still very inappropriate”: “The reason for the popularity of the most “The quote lies in the fact that it almost touches on the essence of the current political moment. It is not useful to think about whether the Ukrainian conflict will ever end.”

Will Putin issue “earthquakes”?

Kremlin critic Dmitry Gluchowski, 42, who is also known in Germany for his “Metro” novels, is significantly less “attentive”: “Russia has already lost this war,” he said. His arguments: Sweden and Finland are on the verge of NATO membership, Russia is losing its oil and gas customers, the economy has collapsed and Putin is in a self-inflicted “forced move” because he absolutely wants to secure a place in history. books.

“My great fear is that once Putin leaves, the country will be shaken by the tectonic processes he has set in motion, that the integrity and existence of the country are at stake. And of course this is a war in which the people will definitely lose. “Incidentally, he sees the roots of the war in Russia’s imperial past – and in the constant comparison of Russia’s standard of living with that of the West:” This is not useful for Russia. people.”

“Putin’s freedom is not so great”

Russian foreign policy has likened Gluchowski to a drunken, naked man bathing in a public fountain: “At first it was embarrassing, then it made me nervous – and now exaggeration has become a crime. Now it has been concluded that “Russia is not negotiating with Putin, which means he should close down and weaken enough to at least not wage war.” A protracted and bloody conflict will fuel “population anger,” Gluchowski predicts: “The margin of safety in the Putin era is not that great.”

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