Since the announcement of a partial military mobilization in Russia, the German political class is almost unanimous: the Russian deserters must be welcomed. “Many Russians should soon be granted asylum in Germany”, assure the Berliner Zeitung. The government of Olaf Scholz has already spoken in this direction, as have members of the conservative party CDU-CSU and the radical left formation Die Linke.
But among the some 997,000 Ukrainian refugees across the Rhine since the start of the conflict, the potential arrival of these dissidents is not viewed favorably. “Russians who say no to mobilization are not necessarily opposed to war or pro-democracy,” protests, for example, the Ukrainian Krista-Marija Läbe, the president of an association which organizes marches in support of Ukraine. “Those who