With yesterday’s partial mobilization for reservists, the Kremlin also severely limited the sale of flight tickets abroad. Men of military age are not allowed to fly abroad. Many flights were also sold out. As a result, there were long queues at many border crossings: many people are trying to leave the country.
The partial mobilization announced yesterday morning by President Vladimir Putin, which affects the country’s reservists, does not seem to have met with enthusiasm among the affected population. This is what the almost panic-like escape movements suggest. Because like the oppositional “Moscow Times” reported, all flights abroad were fully booked within minutes of the announcement – especially to those countries that allow visa-free entry for Russian citizens, such as Turkey or the former Soviet republics of Armenia and Georgia.
According to the report, direct flights from Moscow to other former Soviet republics such as Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan have also been suspended. In addition is it[calledthat Russian airlines have been ordered by the Kremlin to stop selling international plane tickets to male Russian citizens aged 18 to 65. Only those who have a license from the Russian Ministry of Defense are given such a travel opportunity.
Meanwhile, images circulating on social media show long queues at the country’s border crossings. Here, for example, on the Russian-Finnish border:
This makes it clear that many of those affected by the partial mobilization are obviously trying to avoid being drafted into the army by fleeing abroad.