On collective responsibility (as relates to Russia)

Alexei Sorokin
5 min readAug 16, 2022

Lately, in my social media accounts, I’ve seen a lot of mentions of and debates around the notion of “collective responsibility” of the Russian people. The topic is not new but it seems it’s being escalated. Maybe because Zelensky spoke about it:

Maybe because there are talks of a European-Union-wide ban on Schengen visas for all Russian citizens. To clarify all means all— no matter whether one supports Putin or not.

Stop issuing tourist visas to Russians. Visiting Europe is a privilege, not a human right. Air travel from RU is shut down. It means while Schengen countries issue visas, neighbours to Russia carry the burden (FI, EE, LV — sole access points). Time to end tourism from Russia now,” Prime Minister of Estonia, Kaja Kallas, wrote on her official Twitter account days ago.

There are many other examples. Recently I came across this post on LinkedIn (I don’t know the author personally but I saw someone commenting):

In response, a Russian-born venture capitalist professional replied (redacted for confidentiality):

I have mixed feelings about this topic. I am a Russian immigrant. I left Russia in 2013, a few months before the Crimea invasion. The timing was fortunate. I never went back. With every passing year, I felt increasingly estranged from what was once home. From the initial invasion of Ukraine in 2014, to unabating poisonings and assassinations like that of Boris Nemtsov in 2015, to the murderous full-blown war against Ukraine this year — I’ve felt nothing but disgust and fear about Russia. I used to love Moscow, my home city. But…

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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/