Men in Russia flee or are pressed into service following mobilization decision as public anger grows

MOSCOW — Following the announcement by Russian President Vladimir Putin of partial mobilization in Russia with the aim of strengthening the Russian Army as the tide of its invasion of Ukraine begins to turn, there has been an exodus of men aged between 18 to 65 years. Plane tickets to Serbia, Turkey, and Georgia, selling for ten times their normal price, have sold out. Huge lines of traffic trying to cross into Finland and Georgia have formed.

Tens of thousands of Russian citizens demonstrated across the country against the announcement of mobilization.

The demonstrations were met with repression by Russian security forces who arrested over 1,300 people in 38 cities.

The demonstrations are the largest since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine.