Russia’s partial mobilization, combined with its annexation of four Ukrainian regions, was conceived by the Kremlin to shift the fortunes of war back in Moscow’s favour.
A significant side effect of these radical moves has been a noticeable shift in the Russian public mood and in its perception of the war.
What once was a distant war, possible for most Russians to ignore, has come much closer to home, affecting almost everyone. Many Russians, who are neither fleeing nor being signed up, are seeking to avoid ‘complicity’.
This online roundtable discusses these and other related developments concerning the mood of the society and elites in Russia.