So Putin invaded Ukraine and we are not doing anything about it. Now here's a an idea. To hit Putin where it hurts. I think EU and USA should "retaliate" in the following way. Russia has talent. Some of the most successful Silicon Valley companies were started by Russians. The list is long, some that come to mind are Jan Koum (Ukrainian but Soviet as a child),to name some extremely accomplished entrepreneurs of Russian origin I know. So here's the plan, EU and USA say that any Russian in good standing who can deposit $100K in a US or EU bank for 5 years will be given permanent residency. In this way a lot of successful Russians will emigrate and Russia will be deprived of talent. Other versions of this plan to attract younger people could be any Russian that gets a job offer from an EU or USA company for a salary of over $60K a year automatically gets a visa. Russia's best will leave the country and there's absolutely nothing that Putin can complain about with this policy. The West will show that is just a better place. As simple as that. I find this better than blockades or military action. Russia is a nuclear power, I would try to win this conflict with soft power. Show Russia that we dislike his actions, but we appreciate Russian talent!
Putin is violently doing what's on everyone's minds, i.e. splitting Ukraine in two. I think that everyone is going to let it go as long as violence doesn't escalate and Western Ukraine goes totally west.
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