Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Even More than the West, Anti-Putin Russian Emigration Divided Between the Chamberlains and the Churchills, Skobov Says

Paul Goble

            Staunton, Mar. 18 – Calls to unite the anti-Putin Russian emigration are unintentionally having the effect of highlighting how divided it is between the Chamberlains who want peace at any price in Ukraine and the Churchills who demand that the Kremlin leader be defeated in his war in Ukraine, Aleksandr Skobov says.

            This divide, the Russian commentator argues, also infects Western leaders although most of them are not willing to take the Chamberlain position nearly as openly as members of the Russian émigré opposition still are. As history shows, any attempt at compromise between these two positions is a victory for the Chamberlains (

            Like Hitler, Skobov continues, Putin must be defeated; and Russians who say they are against him but want to find some compromise with him that will allow for the diplomats to begin work while the conflict on the ground drags on unresolved are in fact “not the opponents of Putin” and his war and his enablers.

            That needs to be kept in mind as meetings among the various émigré factions take place this spring, he says. It also needs to be kept in mind in evaluating the real position of the West which up to now is saying all the right things but whose “experts” and “commentators” can’t resist falling victim to the Chamberlain temptation.

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