Gorr, who worked with the Navalny campaign in Siberia, says that people there “with each passing day see that everything in Russia is becoming worse. The political and economic crisis in the Russian Federation, creatd by the current powers has grown over into a sharp phase of struggle not only with opposition movements but with independent minded people.”
Indeed, it appears that the Kremlin has taken North Korea as its model for the future of Russia.
“The criminal rulers with Putin at the head want to make out of Russia a raw materials slave holding ghetto by destroying everything showing signs of intelligence, honor and independence.” That is driving people out, and “the number of newly arrived political emigres from Russia over the last month has sharply increased.”
Many of these new émigrés are Navalny supporters but others are representatives of the numerically small peoples of the Russian Federation and especially of Siberia and the North, he continues. Some of them now live in tents but “no one is starving. They are studying languages and of course following and discussing what is happening in Russia.”
“I do not consider that we are an opposition,” Gorr continues. “Just the reverse, the Putin regime is in opposition to the people.” And “as soon as the situation begins to change and it becomes obvious that the regime will fall,” he says he and those like him plan to return to “build our common new free Russia” where they were born and grew up.
Like the Siberian emigration of nearly a century ago, this group is not or at least not yet extremely large nor are its members marching together in lock step. Some want to see Siberia as an independent country; while others favor its inclusion in a genuinely federal Russia. But they are acting as Siberians rather than simply as Russians.
And for Moscow that must be a source of concern, especially because the new Siberian emigration has far greater opportunities to send its ideas back home than did the first, which was typically forced to limit itself to sending back tamizdat before the name, pamphlets and texts printed abroad and smuggled into Siberia in the 1920s and 1930s.