My mom has a dream. To live to see Putin in International Criminal Court.

Alexei Sorokin
3 min readJan 26, 2022

She usually refers to Hague but any court would do.

When I say Mom has a “dream” — it’s not a figure of speech, not an exaggeration. She said to me many times — it’s her dream to live to see “him” pay for “everything”, to see that there is justice in this world.

In some of my previous stories, I mentioned how I’m intending to stay apolitical. I am.

But I guess this is bigger. This is my Mom’s dream after all.

My Mom loves Russia. Her background is in Russian literature and the Russian language. She appreciates Russia’s cultural heritage and she’s actually quite positive about Russia — its younger generation in general or the individuals who have the guts and integrity to speak up against Putin’s regime that she truly hates. Let me note that she’s a minority. It’s hard to understand from surveys and polls how much support Putin enjoys, but his leadership is strong, no doubt. As one example, my Mom’s best friend (the one she’s attached to — her friend of many decades) is pro-Putin; Mom says it’s increasingly difficult to get together because of heated arguments.

I wish I could persuade Mome to come and stay with us in America for good. I try often but she’s not ready, at least not now. She says she has friends she’s attached to; her husband — my stepdad — has a job he’s attached to — a mediocre job but a job nonetheless. And we’re not an easy family with our intensity and frequent moves — she’s not ready to dedicate the rest of her life to supporting our constantly changing goals, moods, and circumstances.

But she’s firm on her dream.

Putin may or may not invade Ukraine. If you are not aware of this looming war — if you're in America and Ukraine or Russia feel too remote — look it up. He probably will, because he can. The West is too busy with its problems to stand up to Putin.

Think about it — invade and occupy the biggest country in Europe by land size.

Putin successfully annexed Ukraine’s Crimea Peninsula in 2014.

Why? Because Putin can. There is some underlying geopolitical logic — like Russia’s tension with NATO but there is geopolitical tension in dozens of places and situations around the world. We are talking about a full-blown invasion of a huge neighboring country that will redraw the global map for decades, maybe centuries.

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Alexei Sorokin

A Russian immigrant in America, father of 4, Cambridge and Harvard Business School alum. I run and write every day. https://runningwritingliving.substack.com/