Protests and sold out plane tickets after Putin’s announcement to mobilize reservists

Just a few hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin called for the mobilization of 300,000 reservists to reinforce troops in the war in Ukraine, plane tickets to leave the country have been sold out.

The Russians who were looking for an option to escape before receiving the notification have found that there are no more tickets left for Armenia or Azerbaijan, two countries that do not require a visa and that are one of the few options they have after the closure of the European sky due to sanctions.

Turkey, which also does not require the document, is also inaccessible. Flights to Istanbul, Ankara and Antalya airports are sold out and a Turkish Airlines spokesman quoted by the DPA news agency has announced that they will expand their capacity in the coming days.

According to Turkish Airlines, Azerbaijan Airlines and Armenia Aircompany search engines, there are no flights for a few days and The Moscow Times newspaper assured that the tickets “were not available a few minutes after Putin’s announcement.”

In addition, Internet searches related to a possible exit from Russia or ways to avoid a potential call-up have increased. Google searches for “how to get out of Russia” soared on Tuesday afternoon, with fears of Putin’s impending address to the nation, according to statistics released by Google Trends.

The head of the Federal Tourism Agency, Zarina Dogúzova, has clarified through her Telegram channel that there are currently no restrictions on Russians leaving the country. However, reservists can be prohibited from leaving Russia after being called up.

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For this same reason, Dogúzova clarified “we must wait for the pertinent official clarifications. We have requested this information.”

The first mobilized will be reserve non-commissioned officers under the age of 35 and officers under the age of 45, according to Andrei Kartapolov, head of the Defense Committee of the Duma (chamber of deputies).

The head of the Defense committee has also advised reservists “to go to tourist resorts in Turkey.” “Relax in the resorts of Crimea and the Krasnodar Territory,” he said, although he specified that, for the time being, people can move around the country, “but it’s better not to.”

Citizens on the warpath

The peace movement Vesná (Spring) has called a national protest in Russia against the partial mobilization. Under the slogan “No to mobilization”, Russian citizens are called to gather this Wednesday in their cities.

“Why will mothers and children shed tears? For Putin’s palace?” asks the movement, which denounces that those mobilized “must die to correct the errors of the Putin regime, which plunged Russia into a monstrous slaughter, isolation and poverty,” he added.

In addition, nearly 200,000 people have already signed a petition on the platform against the mobilization, partial or total.

From prison, the Russian opposition leader, Alexei Navalni, has accused Putin of wanting “hundreds of thousands of people to be stained with blood” to perpetuate himself in power.

“Of course, this will lead to a great tragedy, a huge number of deaths. Putin is losing the neighboring country, he is killing people there, and now he is throwing into the war grinder a huge number of Russian citizens who should just lead a normal life and take care of their families,” he said.

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