The Just-World Hypothesis and the Justification of Crime

Recently, 18 German politicians and intellectuals published an open letter to the German government, in which they basically suggested forcing Ukraine to surrender in its war with Russia. This appeal was a response to the growing demand of the German public to provide Ukraine with heavy weapons.

The text of the letter boils down to the fact that it is necessary to satisfy “Russia’s legitimate security interests” and that “Ukraine will lose anyway, so it must be forced to surrender”, because “despite multiple reports of the Ukrainian army’s successes, it is still much weaker than the Russian one and has no chance to win this war”.

Mykhailo Mischenko

Deputy Director, Sociological Service

Born in 1962 in Kyiv

Education: Taras Shevchenko Kyiv State University, Faculty of Philosophy (1984). Ph. D in Philosophy


1984 – 1990 — Sociology Department at the Institute of Philosophy of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

1990 – 1998 — Institute of Sociology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

1998 – 2003 — Ukrainian Institute of Social Research

February – September 2003 — Kyiv International Institute of Sociology

Since October 2003 — Deputy Director, Razumkov Centre Sociological Service

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