More Russians have Now Fled Putin’s Russia than Did from Lenin's after Bolshevik Revolution
November 23 – More people have now fled Putin’s Russia than fled the Bolshevik
revolution, and just like their predecessors, the new exodus consists of the
more educated portion of the population, a trend that once again will have the most
negative consequences as a Russia of the future seeks to recover from the Putin
exact number of people who have left in these two periods is a matter of debate
because of problems in counting the various flows after 1917 (On this, see
among others, W. Chapin Huntington, The Homesick Million: Russia-Out-of-Russia
(Boston, 1933.) and both that problem and difficulties in deciding how
permanent any departures are now.
to the number who left between 1991 and 2013 and those who are less
well-educated, the size of the current “Putin emigration” is far larger than
the one the Bolsheviks triggered, although some of the new group unlike the overwhelming
majority of the former may see themselves less as emigres than as people who
move in response to opportunities.
while that may motivate most of those who have chosen to leave – and this
number is far larger than from other post-Soviet states Moscow commentators
love to talk about the depopulation of – many undoubtedly view going abroad as an
increasingly good idea given how much worse things are becoming in Putin’s Russia.