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After partial mobilization: 35 km traffic jam at the Finnish border " Russians flee the country in panic & More Breaking News
...Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced on Wednesday morning that 300,000 reservists should be mobilized for fighting in Ukraine. According to this, people with combat experience should be deployed. There are a total of 25 million reservists in Russia, Shoigu said. This is the first mobilization since the Second World War.
This announcement caused many people to panic. Many are now trying to flee the country to avoid being drafted. According to booking site Aviasales, popular in Russia, all direct flights to the nearest former Soviet republics of Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan were fully booked on Wednesday. Even domestic flights to border towns were in great demand: plane tickets from Moscow to the city of Vladikavkaz on the border with Georgia cost over $750 on Wednesday " more than ten times the usual price.
According to the online service Google Trends, the search terms "tickets" and "plane" have been entered twice as often on the Internet as usual in Russia since early morning. The search query "Leave Russia" was a hundred times more frequent than on normal days.
Putin had emphasized: "Only the citizens who are currently in the reserve will be subject to conscription." And Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu assured that of the 300,000 reservists who would be drafted, only about one percent of the men who could be called up were considered. But many Russians apparently did not trust this, especially since there were conflicting reports and details remained open.
Everyone wants to go to Finland
Many also try to flee Russia overland. Webcam footage and videos on social media show long queues at the Finnish-Russian border. It is the only border that is still open to Russian tourists with Schengen visas: only two days ago, the Baltic states stopped Russians from entering the country.
However, it is unclear how long the border with Russia will remain open: Finland is now getting busy Collected signatures to obtain a visa ban for Russians....