Everyone I know with large business interests is hedging against a failed Russian state.

The hedge looks like this, citizenship or the equivalent elsewhere. Family outside of Russia, ownership outside of Russia, in case Putin reinstates some sort of draft that seeks to scoop up fighting-age males to plus up the invading force. There are some rumors that Putin will order a general mobilization of the population on the occasion of their May 9th celebration of beating the Nazis.

Conscription is a red line for many and will surely result in further Russian brain drain. This I’ve heard from the Russians I’ve spoken to confidentially from the business community.

Several Confidential Russian sources revealed the following to SOFREP: