Moscow denies that the flight leaving Russia is sold out after the order of encouragement

The Kremlin insists that rumors about flights leaving Russia sold out after the order to mobilize troops was announced were “exaggerated”.

“Information about a number of airport evacuations has been greatly exaggerated. A lot of misinformation has emerged regarding this issue,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told a news conference. September 22nd.

Data from Google Trends shows that the purchase of tickets to leave Russia skyrocketed after President Vladimir Putin issued a “partial mobilization” order, summoning a reserve force, mainly retired, qualified and trained servicemen. certain military experience. Flights from Moscow to the capitals of Georgia, Turkey and Armenia, which allow Russians to enter without a visa, sold out within minutes of Putin’s announcement.

Direct flights from Moscow to Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan are also full. Some transit flights, including from Moscow to Tbilisi, Georgia, are also unavailable.

“People should proceed with caution with such information so as not to become a victim of misinformation,” Peskov added.





Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov in Moscow in December 2021.  Photo: AFP.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov in Moscow in December 2021. Image: AFP.

The Kremlin spokesman refused to deny reports in Russian media that some protesters who protested the mobilization order and were detained on the night of September 21 were given summons to enlist, saying: “This does not violate breaking the law”.

Asked if the military operation in Ukraine would continue as planned despite the order to mobilize troops, Mr. Peskov said: “The special operation has begun to achieve objectives in Ukraine. We are in fact now. is confronting NATO with all its logistical capabilities. That leads to this necessary step.”

On September 22, the Russian military announced that on the first day of partial mobilization, about 10,000 people voluntarily registered at recruitment offices.

Ukraine and the West criticized Russia’s move, calling it a “bad, wrong step” and a “disturbing escalation”. The Baltic states say they do not accept or grant asylum, while the Czech Republic insists it does not issue humanitarian visas to Russians who want to avoid the mobilization order.

Germany announced that it is ready to accept Russian deserters, amid reports that many people want to avoid the order to mobilize. Finnish officials say the number of Russians entering through the eastern border of the country has increased, but the situation is still under control.





The appearance of the Ukrainian battlefield after nearly 7 months of fighting.  Graphics: Washington Post.

The appearance of the Ukrainian battlefield after nearly 7 months of fighting. Graphics: Washington Post.

Huyen Le (Theo TASS, Reuters, AFP)

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