Should Russians Betray Their Colleagues and Strangers in the Ukraine War?


1. Following orders and reporting individuals can be seen as a display of loyalty to one’s country.
2. Reporting potential threats can protect the safety and well-being of both colleagues and strangers.
3. Informing authorities about potential wrongdoing can help maintain law and order in society.
4. Betraying individuals involved in the Ukraine war may be perceived as a means to support one’s own government and its objectives.
5. Reporting suspicious activities could potentially prevent further violence and conflict.


1. Betraying colleagues and strangers can lead to a breakdown of trust within relationships and communities.
2. Reporting innocent individuals based on suspicion may result in unjust treatment.
3. The act of betrayal can have long-lasting psychological effects on both the person reporting and the person being reported.
4. Reporting others solely based on political motivations may perpetuate a climate of fear and hostility.
5. Betrayal goes against fundamental values such as trust, compassion, and solidarity, ultimately undermining social cohesion.


In Soviet Russia, the practice of reporting others to the authorities was common. Now, this practice has resurfaced.