A New Strategy in the Playbook Against Russia

The invasion of Ukraine by Russia has resulted in a tremendous refugee catastrophe.

According to reports, the Biden government is considering allowing some Ukrainian refugees to relocate to the United States, as well as allowing those already in the country to extend their stays.

Can It Work?

This is a fantastic beginning. The government, on the other hand, should not overlook the thousands and thousands of Russians attempting to exit Vladimir Putin’s regime.

Allowing Russians to reside in the United States would jeopardize Putin’s control, weaken his financial resources, and deny him of the troops he needs to wage war.

Thousands of Russians have already attempted to flee the country, but the United States and its allies have done little to encourage them. They should get started right away.

The Biden government should send a message to Russian dissidents and defectors that they are welcomed in the United States and will find a better home here than in Putin’s Russia.

There would be numerous advantages, and it is highly practical.

“I realized the only method to oppose Putin’s government was for me to leave Russia,” one Russian person told the BBC.

“The only way we can resist is to flee the country, taking our skills and cash with us,” said another. “Everybody in our circle has taken the same path.”

Due to the fact most European nations and the United States have barred direct flights from Russia, the vast majority of those escaping must go by land to adjacent countries.

Many more would depart if the United States allowed them to come here.

This Will Damage Russia

These Russians’ views are correct; migration will harm Putin.

The United States would want this trend to continue. It should specifically target Russian military officials and troops, promising simplified access to refugee or compassionate parole status in the United States to persuade them to stop fighting.

The US may publicize incidents of resignations and work fast to bring them here, taking cognizance of the opportunity that many Russian soldiers, particularly conscripted men, feel little loyalty to Putin’s campaign.

A Russian soldier may find settling in the peaceful and prosperous United States far more appealing than fighting a futile conquest war.

Sowing disorder and distrust among Russian forces might aid Ukraine’s defense by pushing invasion soldiers and officers to the desert, which would boost morale, which is currently low.

If Russians do penetrate the combat lines, they may be able to give Ukrainian forces important intelligence.

They may, for example, provide access to battle plans and other logistical details, as well as the names and addresses of other Russians who are equally disillusioned with the conflict, but have yet to find a way out.