Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s declaration that he will double down in Ukraine by calling up 300,000 Russian reservists did not go over well with the 18-to-65-year-old men who might get called up.
The price of one-way flights from Russia to non-visa-exempt destinations shot up on Thursday before they were completely gone. Land traffic across Russia’s borders also picked up, although European news agencies disputed the most sensational claims of 20-mile traffic jams at Finnish checkpoints.
ReutersReports indicate that flights between Moscow and Turkey and Armenia, both major destinations Russian citizens are allowed to visit, rose in cost by as much as 500 percent, before they sold out. As of Thursday morning however, flights to Dubai are still possible but at extremely high prices.
“It was possible to buy a one-way ticket in the morning for 200,000 roubles to 300,000 roubles, but not anymore. That’s a panic demand from people, who are afraid that they won’t be able to leave the country afterwards,”Reuters was informed by a source from the tourism industry.
Russian social media buzzed about claims that railways and airlines stopped selling tickets to conscripted men, perhaps on orders directly from the Kremlin.
#BREAKINGRussian Railways and Airlines refuse to sell tickets for men aged 18 to 65 years old
— Amichai Stein (@AmichaiStein1) September 21, 2022
While the Kremlin declined to comment, Russian tourism officials claimed that there have not been any travel restrictions. Russian journalist visiting an airport reportedAlthough border agents have been interrogating male passengers over their military records and requesting return tickets, no confirmed account has emerged of any passengers refusing permission to board planes.
It Moscow Times On Thursday, there were reports that Russian land border traffic was increasing dramatically. There also appeared to be some delays from customs officers regarding whether congestion was really as bad as what it appears on social media.
Opinions of eyewitnesses from the South Caucasus claim that the Russian-Georgian border was present “collapsed”Video footage shared by Ekho Kavkaza – the U.S.-funded regional service for RFE/RL news agency – shows overwhelming traffic.
Similar traffic jams were filmed near Russia’s borders with Mongolia, though tHe country’s customs service denied that there was any congestion at the border crossing.
In the Central Asian republic of Kazakhstan – whose shared border with Russia is the longest in the world – social media users shared footage of a seemingly endless line of cars and trucks waiting to cross.
Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia warned they would turn away Russians seeking refuge from Putin’s mobilization orders, the Moscow Times Not noted.
One of the most dramatic accounts was from Finland’s border. This is one of few routes for Russians into Europe.
Finnish officials On Thursday, traffic from Russia was allowed “intensified”Putin had announced mobilisation. They said that they would consider a shutdown of the Finnish border in order to preserve national security. But they also denied reports of 35-kilometer line formation at checkpoints.
The Finnish Border Guard stated that reports of huge traffic jams had been reported. “incorrect and misleading.” European news agencies InvestigatedI found the most amazing photos and videos showing cars piling up along the Finnish border. They were captured days or even weeks ago. Some cars that were rolling across the border contained Russians who indicated they would not soon be returning from their European vacations. However, the cars were actually moving.
After the mobilisation announcement, protests erupted in Russia.
The protests today in Moscow, St Petersburg and elsewhere have grown to be quite significant. People are chanting “No to War!”Numerous arrests have been reported pic.twitter.com/9F4E5VIy9E
— Matthew Luxmoore (@mjluxmoore) September 21, 2022
Euronews and The Associated Press reported almost 1,200 arrests during demonstrations in 37 cities, even though protesting against Putin’s war is strictly illegal, and the punishment can be up to 15 years in prison.
“Goddamn bald-headed nutjob! He’s going to drop a bomb on us, and we’re all still protecting him. I’ve said enough,”Yekaterinburg, a woman with a disability who was in her wheelchair shouted at police on Thursday. Hundreds of demonstrators were then taken to prison buses by the police.
OVD-Info is a monitoring group On Thursday, Russia claimed that it is conscripting anti-war protesters. They informed detainees they are fighting for Ukraine as their only option to long prison sentences.
OVD Info noted that more than half the protesters were women. This is a remarkable figure for Russia. The first group to protest was the OVD-Info. OrganiseThe following is what was created after Putin invaded Ukraine during February. “Feminist Anti-War Resistance.”
European Federation of Journalists Not notedAmong those held during the protests in Russia Wednesday were 18 journalists. EFJ demanded that all demonstrators imprisoned be released immediately.
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