Taking a political stand against Russian President Vladimir Putin has been a risky move for a long time. Journalists and opponents alike have been forced to flee the nation, and some have wound up dead, so dissent comes with real consequences — which means it required great courage.
And that's something to remember with Russians living abroad during this time of war — many have fled Putin's Russia and want nothing to do with him or his war. They don't deserve any derision; rather, they deserve respect.
One prominent opponent of Putin has now gone so far as to renounce his citizenship altogether over the invasion of Ukraine.