On December 3, Soušková wrote an article with the title: Russian policy costs something and Putin must choose peace at home or world hegemony. What did she choose? “That’s a good question. I don’t think I would fully delve in this answer into what he chose… But he would like to choose everything. The Kremlin regime and Vladimir Putin are known for pursuing the maximalist position, and of course he would like to achieve that. And then there are practical steps, or practical policies, where they try to achieve that, and of course there is a split. Vladimir Putin, of course, wants to be, or rather, that Russia is a world hegemon, and that, of course, means what world hegemon he wants in the foreign policy he expects. And, of course, he wants him to have peace at home, which means that Russians and all the nations that are in Russia, so that they don’t rebel too much, work, contribute to the economy, but in fact leave politics without any interference,” she said. Souskova.
According to her, the reaction of the Russians is very broad. “We have to look at what is happening in Russia, making it in this context, from this point of view, is very difficult because in fact these communication channels end. The country is closing down a lot more, and if we look at the protests of the Russians against the war in Ukraine, of course, not as massively as we imagine, and as might be appropriate, we have to review them from the point of view of these Russians in Russia, which actually threatens to be punished, if you are caught, for example, commenting on things on social networks. Alternatively, there are known cases where people protested they were holding a paper with the words “No war” on the subway and were arrested immediately in just two or two minutes, threatening up to fifteen years in prison. in Russia,” Soušková added. The mistake of looking at Russian society from a unifying point of view.
According to her, collective guilt and all determinism do not apply to any nation. “I understand that what we saw in the media, what happened in the towns of Buča and Irpin and all the atrocities committed by Russian soldiers in Ukraine, call for explanation. That people somehow want to understand how it happened and how it is possible to commit such outrageous atrocities. And the answers are sought in different ways. But I don’t think we can help each other understand what happened there, or what’s going on there, by some determinism, whether it’s geopolitical, geographical, social, or whether someone has cruelty in their blood. I think we’ll reveal a lot of those things that don’t belong to our century, if we transfer them to another nation, to another conflict,” Soušková said.
“I have read stories, seen photos and been horrified by what happened because it is a huge human tragedy and a catastrophe that has no justification, but at the same time no explanation, or rather it is a human aggression against the man. And it is up to the person who does it. It is not a question of whether he is Russian, German, Czech or American, it is just…I don’t think it’s the fact that someone is Russian, or that they have any nationality or ethnicity, that would determine them to behave more cruelly than another person,” Soušková added. .
And how has it changed Russia since February 24? “It’s a difficult question because we don’t have much to know. We don’t see it. There is no media to report it. Sources of information are very limited and most of the information is make sure everyone dealing with Russia has contacts in place, their friends, a few colleagues, colleagues and they actually tell him what they see but it’s not that we manage to cover everything from Moscow to Vladivostok , so it’s very personalized. And it also adds a certain fear that people are afraid, even for me abroad, on certain channels that are considered safe, to say what they think or say in clues, or to say, “I would rather we didn’t talk about this, I don’t know who’s listening to me,” Soušková said of his experience.
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