Newsletters / A ‘Free Russia’ passport could undermine Putin by Garry Kasparov and Mikhail Khodorkovsky

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Helping Ukraine win militarily and isolating Russia politically and economically are key to ending the war and Putin’s terrorist regime. But there are other pressure points, including draining Russia of human resources. We wrote together with Garry Kasparov an article for the Politico and we would like to share it with you.

A ‘Free Russia’ passport could undermine Putin

Welcoming those who want to break with the Russian leader’s regime would mobilize a key community to help Ukraine to victory.

By Garry Kasparov and Mikhail Khodorkovsky

The war in Ukraine is now well into its third year, and Western support for the country has faltered dangerously.

While the U.S. Congress did pass an aid bill after months of fitful negotiations, the assistance came late — and at great cost. In the interim, Russia took advantage of Kyiv’s shortfall in munitions, dramatically intensifying the shelling of key cities. The EU, for its part, did pass a multibillion-euro defense package in March, but the bloc remains deeply divided over the scope and type of military assistance.

In light of all this, commentary has rightly focused on the need to provide adequate support that would allow Ukraine to defend itself on the battlefield. This must remain a key area of attention. However, the West has other avenues at its disposal to help Ukraine win — and these can and must be explored too.

We speak on behalf of all the Russians who believe in the potential for a free and democratic Russia. Neither of us have been able to return home for decades because of our opposition to the regime. Thankfully, with the resources available to us, we’ve been able to establish new homes and lives for ourselves and our families in the West. But the same opportunities aren’t available to the millions of Russians who, like us, don’t support Putin’s criminal system.

At this critical juncture in the struggle for Ukraine’s sovereignty, we have an opportunity to give these Russians the chance to make the same moral choice to break with the Putin regime — and, in doing so, mobilize a key community to help Ukraine to victory.


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