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Flights from Russia sold out after Putin orders partial call-up

One-way flights from Russia were selling out fast on Wednesday after President Vladimir Putin ordered an immediate call-up to 300,000 reservists.

Putin’s announcement in an early morning televised address raised fears that some men of fighting age would not be allowed to leave Russia.

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the call-up would be limited to those with experience as professional soldiers, and that students and those who had only served as constables would not be called.

Even then, Google Trends data showed a spike in searches for Aviasales, Russia’s most popular website for buying flights.

Direct flights from Moscow to Istanbul in Turkey and Yerevan in Armenia, both destinations that allow Russians to enter without a visa, sold out on Wednesday, according to data from Aviales.

Some routes with stopovers, including routes from Moscow to Tbilisi, were not even available, while the cheapest flights from the capital to Dubai cost more than 300,000 rubles ($5,000) – almost five times the average monthly salary.

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