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Considering that Rostopchin was leaving the poor of the city to fight the French how unreasonable is it for someone like Vereshchagin to want to make a peace with Napoleon. They can’t fight him, but they could easily be killed by him if they try. Isn’t the Russian Army’s job to protect the people, if they don’t then why not save yourself in an otherwise hopeless situation? The Mongols would’ve understood.