World The Russian exodus: plus 260,000 men have already fled the country since the call for mobilization
Russia smuggling Ukrainian grain to help pay for Putin's war
BEIRUT (AP) — When the bulk cargo ship Laodicea docked in Lebanon last summer, Ukrainian diplomats said the vessel was carrying grain stolen by Russia and urged Lebanese officials to impound the ship. Moscow called the allegation “false and baseless,” and Lebanon’s prosecutor general sided with the Kremlin and declared that the 10,000 tons of barley and wheat flour wasn’t stolen and allowed the ship to unload. But an investigation by TheMoscow called the allegation “false and baseless,” and Lebanon’s prosecutor general sided with the Kremlin and declared that the 10,000 tons of barley and wheat flour wasn’t stolen and allowed the ship to unload.
in Russia, since the call for partial mobilization, more than 260,000 men would have left the territory. View onononews
The Russians who flee the mobilization are not welcome in Georgia. Several dozen people demonstrated on Wednesday near a border post with Russia to protest against the influx of Russians arriving towards this country of the Caucasus.
"Putin is a terrorist", "Russia kills", could be read on certain signs brandished by the demonstrators.
"Georgia is occupied by Russia, just like a part of Ukraine which is always under Russian occupation, which is why they are not welcome. If they really want to change something, and if they are Against war and mobilization, they should solve these problems at home, "said Mikhail Ulianin, one of the demonstrators.
Russians Fleeing the Draft Find an Unlikely Haven in Kyrgyzstan
Rents are skyrocketing, luxury hotels and grimy hostels don’t have beds to spare. Rents are skyrocketing, luxury hotels and grimy hostels don’t have beds to spare. And on the dusty, sunny streets of Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, bands of young migrants, nearly all men, wander aimlessly, dazed at their world turned upside down — and their hasty, self-imposed exile to a poor, remote country that few could previously place on a map.
Finland, new land of exile
in Finland, 7,000 to 8,000 Russians pass the long land border every day. Although country candidate for NATO, Finland has become a new land of exile for the Russians.
The border guards are worried about the queues that have been lying down for a week.
"Here, in the border post of Vaalimaa, traffic has increased since last Wednesday, when Russia announced partial mobilization. We are currently at 40% increase in the number of passengers," explains Jesse Pirttinen, lieutenant at the post border of Vaalimaa.nearly 100,000 Russians in Kazakhstan
also is part of the host countries. According to Kazakh authorities, more than 98,000 Russians have crossed the border since the call for mobilization.
Zelensky advisor: Putin’s mobilization announcement ‘actually to our advantage’
An advisor to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Russia’s recently declared mobilization of additional troops is “actually to our advantage.” “This may sound paradoxical, but it’s actually to our advantage that Russia has announced this mobilization,” Mykhailo Podolyak told Politico in an interview published Friday. “This shows the people of Russia that the country really…“This may sound paradoxical, but it’s actually to our advantage that Russia has announced this mobilization,” Mykhailo Podolyak told Politico in an interview published Friday.
To cope with the problem, Moscow announced Wednesday that Russia would no longer deliver passports to those who are mobilized by the army.
"If a citizen has already been called to carry out his military service or if he has received a summons (for mobilization or conscription), the international passport will be refused to him", can be read on the information portal.
In this case, "a notice will be given to the citizen to explain the reason for the refusal and the period of validity of this refusal", according to the same source.
Russians need an international passport to go to most foreign countries.
They can nevertheless go to Armenia, Bélarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan with their only internal passport, equivalent to an identity card.
Russia tightens punishments for flag and capitulation .
a few days after the announced sub -mobilization, Russia has tightened the penalties for deserters. President Vladimir Putin signed a change in the law on Saturday, which provides for up to ten years in prison for soldiers at times of mobilization, which are surrendered to desert or before the enemy. The Ukrainian President Wolodymyr Selenskyj meanwhile appealed to the Russian soldiers. Putin knowingly send her "in her death".