Ahead of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s address to the nation on Wednesday regarding plans to declare reparations for the Ukraine war and martial law, Google search trends in Russia ‘how to avoid the crowd’, ‘how to break a Proceed with questions like ‘for’. Hands at home’ or ‘How to leave the country’. During his morning address to the nation, President Putin announced a partial mobilization of reservists, also issuing an veiled nuclear threat to Russia’s enemies in the West.
According to a Washington Post report, male reservists under the age of 35, who have previously served in the military and possess military prowess, were allegedly served notices in their offices or their homes. While some checked their ID on the street or received orders over the telephone.
News of panic among the Russians soon spread on social networks. Anti-war groups said limited plane tickets outside Russia led to high demand at high prices and became increasingly unavailable.
Some postings alleged that people had already been turned back from Russia’s land border with Georgia and that the website of the state Russian Railway Company collapsed as too many people were investigating ways to exit the country.
Flight tickets sold out of the country
Large numbers of Russians rushed out of the country on Wednesday to book one-way tickets after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a partial mobilization of military reservists for the war in Ukraine.
Flights filled up quickly and ticket prices for the remaining connections skyrocketed, apparently driven by fears that Russia’s borders might close too soon or a widespread call-up that would have left many Russians fighting on the front lines of the war. send men.
Tickets for Moscow–Belgrade flights operated by Air Serbia, the only European carrier other than Turkish Airlines, to maintain flights to Russia despite the EU flight ban, were sold out for the next several days.
Flights from Moscow to Istanbul or Dubai rose in price within minutes of the jump again, reaching 9,200 euros (USD 9,119) for one-way economy class fares.