"Russian President Vladimir Putin’s announcement of a “partial mobilization” in
the Ukraine war has triggered mass protests throughout the country and launched
an exodus of Russian citizens fearing the draft.
Many who previously supported Putin’s “special military operation” in Ukraine
are now having second thoughts.
But with the price of airline tickets skyrocketing and flights to the few
destinations still available to Russians fully booked, hundreds of thousands
have fled across land borders into Georgia, Kazakhstan and Mongolia, where
visas aren’t required for Russian citizens.
Traffic jams are stretching for many kilometres and it’s taking as long as 48
hours to reach border posts. When they finally arrive, Russian citizens are
experiencing very different receptions in these three neighbouring countries.
In eastern Siberia near Lake Baikal, the Buryat Republic bordering Mongolia is
home to many ethnic Mongols. Along with other non-Russian peoples from the
Caucasus and elsewhere, Mongols have been sent to the war front in
Many feel it’s not their war, and former Mongolian president Tsakhia Elbegdor
has condemned Russia for using Buryats and other ethnic minorities as “cannon
Elbegdor, who is currently head of the World Mongol Federation, promised a warm
welcome to Russian citizens fleeing the war, especially ethnic Mongols."
*** Xanni ***
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