John Thornhill makes the argument for engaging with Russian exiles (“It makes sense to engage Vladimir Putin’s tech exodus”, OpinionFT.com, April 14) and notes that some 300,000 Russians have left the country since the start of the war in Ukraine, with many drawn from the ranks of the tech sector as foreign firms shut their offices and beat a retreat from the country .
The west needs to continue to take part in discussion and partnership with this new wave of Russian migration. Quite apart from the business benefits of maintaining such links, there is another more potent reason for doing so. Closing ourselves off from all aspects of Russian society will only serve to endorse Putin’s assertion that the west wants to destroy Russia.
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