Terrible Disillusionment, or the Dialectic of Sanctions

March 18, 2022

The civilised world, from Europe to New Zealand, has imposed an unprecedented number of economic and individual sanctions (more than 5,530) against Russia. 350 international corporations, firms and banks have left the Russian market. Close to $300 billions of Russia’s gold and foreign exchange reserves are frozen. The Kremlin has become a toxic global outcast, and attitudes toward Russian students, artists, athletes, and entrepreneurs have changed dramatically around the world. The political and diplomatic isolation of the aggressor empire intensified. This situation has already hit 16 million Russians, who, according to Rosstat, are below the poverty line.

Unfortunately, the inertia of public opinion and strong federal propaganda must be taken into account. But according to the Levada Centre, there is already a deepening contradiction in the assessment of the situation between the more informed residents of megacities and the marginalised inhabitants of the Russian “hinterland”.

Mykhailo Pashkov

Co-Director, Foreign Relations and International Security Programmes

Born in 1958 in Roslavl, Smolensk oblast, Russia


Smolensk Institute of Pedagogy, Faculty of the Russian Language and Literature (1979)

Moscow Institute of Youth, Faculty of Journalism (1986)

Kyiv Institute of Political Science and Public Administration (1991)

Ph. D. in Philosophy; the author of more than 50 publications

1979 – 1989 — worked at different positions in district, regional and republican newspapers in Russia and Moldova

1991 – 1994 — worked in scientific institutions of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

1994 – 1998 — Diplomatic Service at the Embassy of Ukraine in the Russian Federation

Since December 1999 — Razumkov Centre's Leading Expert

Diplomatic Rank: First Secretary. Most recent position in state structures — Chief Consultant, Analytical Service of Ukraine's NSDC Staff

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