Why Russian intellectuals are hardening support for war in Ukraine

Source: Responsible Statecraft
by Anatol Lieven

“An article by Dmitri Trenin, entitled ‘How Russia must reinvent itself to defeat the West’s ‘hybrid war’: Russia’s very existence is under threat,’ may be one of the most consequential published in Russia in recent times — partly for what it says, and partly for who is saying it. Dr. Trenin, director of the Carnegie Moscow Center until the Russian government closed it in April, was for many years one of the most important pragmatic Russian voices in support of cooperation with the West and the ‘westernization’ of Russia. … It would be easy to dismiss the change in Trenin (now a member of Russia’s Foreign and Defense Policy Council) as simply a matter of bowing to regime pressure. This would however be to ignore that he only represents, in a more abrupt and radical form, a shift in the Russian centrist intelligentsia that has been building up gradually for many years.” (06/06/22)