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Friday, September 30, 2022

At least 200,000 Russians left the country after President Vladimir Putin's mobilization order in an exodus that's causing turmoil at the borders and stirring fears in neighboring states about potential instability.

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...While Russia hasn't released official data, statistics from Georgia, Kazakhstan and the European Union showed the scale of the departures. The total is likely an underestimate as other nearby countries popular with Russians including Armenia, Azerbaijan and Turkey haven't disclosed arrival figures.

On a mountain highway at the border with Georgia, thousands of vehicles formed lines stretching for miles as Russian men eligible for the call-up flocked to escape to the Caucasus state that Putin's army invaded in 2008. The situation is "apocalyptic, it's like in the movies," said Vladimir, a 30-year-old Muscovite who walked into Georgia's Larsi with his youngest child, fearing the border would be closed to potential draftees, as his wife and older child stayed with their car in the traffic jams.

After driving with friends for more than 30 hours from Moscow to reach the Russian border with Kazakhstan in central Asia, 46-year-old Ilya, who asked not to disclose his last name, said they arrived to find about 150 cars ahead of them. With officials processing only about eight vehicles an hour, he eventually walked across the border, he said.

Putin's mobilization order last week shocked millions of Russians who'd previously been largely shielded from the realities of the Kremlin's seven-month-long war in Ukraine....


#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-09-29 11:52 AM | Reply

It's pretty amazing. 10,000 people per day crossing the border in Georgia. And that's just Georgia.

I was in Finland last week when the order was first given, and lines at the border crossings started cueing up quickly.

Finns aren't the biggest fans of Russians.

#2 | Posted by madbomber at 2022-09-29 02:29 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

These Russians need to organize march through the Balkans and claim Russia's exclave on the Baltic sea.

#3 | Posted by Tor at 2022-09-29 02:32 PM | Reply

@#2 ... It's pretty amazing ...

That it is.

I wonder if all those Russians will start forming break-away Russia-speaking regions in the countries that are taking them in?

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-09-29 02:44 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"I wonder if all those Russians will start forming break-away Russia-speaking regions in the countries that are taking them in?"

That thought has crossed my mind, and has been echoed by people I know from countries neighboring Russia.

#5 | Posted by sentinel at 2022-09-29 02:48 PM | Reply

Chechnya is already refusing to send any more men pointing out they exceeded their quotes quite a bit in the past.

#6 | Posted by Tor at 2022-09-29 02:52 PM | Reply

I wonder if all those Russians will start forming break-away Russia-speaking regions in the countries that are taking them in? #4 | Posted by LampLighter

And then Russia can invade, get its butt kicked again and a bunch of their men will run away to another country to avoid the draft. The circle of life

#7 | Posted by censored at 2022-09-29 09:21 PM | Reply

Finns aren't the biggest fans of Russians.

OK, that was funny in an understatement kind of way...

#8 | Posted by REDIAL at 2022-09-30 12:09 AM | Reply

I just realized what putin is doing is the opposite of femicide.

He literally is sending as many men and boys as he can to be slaughtered.

I had to look up the name for it and apparently it's Androcide.

I wonder if any of the mens rights groups are going to care about this.

#9 | Posted by Tor at 2022-09-30 05:28 PM | Reply

You go to war with the army you have, not the army you might want or wish to have at a later time.
-Donald Rumsfeld

Applying this maxim, Vlad is going to war with an army of untrained, aged quitters. The Wehrmacht or Patton's Third Army these guys ain't. Battlefield results may vary. I suspect that by, oh, the first week of Advent the Ukrainian Army will no longer need supplies from the West--they will have all they need, donated to them by eager Russian conscripts running to the Ukrainian lines with their rucksacks filled and their hands up...

#10 | Posted by catdog at 2022-09-30 05:31 PM | Reply

Reporting today is that 260,000 have now crossed out of Russia into neighboring countries.

Anyone heard from Effete recently?

#11 | Posted by madbomber at 2022-10-01 04:52 AM | Reply

Deputies from Bashkiria prepare bill on sending convicts to war in Ukraine (meduza.io)

#12 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2022-10-01 06:50 AM | Reply

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