Vladimir Putin is so desperate to throw ordinary Russian men into war traffic checkpoints across Russia are now being “manned by military commissars and men eligible for mobilisation to be remanded into custody.”
Russian men trying to flee Russia are being stopped and will be throw into the killing fields of Ukraine to fill Putin’s 300,000 reservist quota and it is most likely the borders will be closed to prevent eligible men from fleeing.
On Wednesday Putin sent shockwaves through Russia when he announced that 300,000 men will be called up to fight which saw tens of thousands of citizens fleeing the tyrant’s grasp.
British journalist Steve Rosenberg told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, “He said that people with experience, the military experience would be called up.
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“So no students for example and no conscripts however, some people fear that this would be extended.
“So, already there are lots of reports of people receiving call-up papers, people who are in the military reserves.
“But as I say there is concern that this could be extended, there are lots of rumours in the air here of speculation that men of fighting age will not be allowed to leave the country.”
Rosenberg added, “That explains why air tickets out of Russia were selling out fast yesterday.
“The prices of tickets have been skyrocketing, and the mood here I would say is pretty sombre.
“Because keep in mind, for seven months the Russians have been told by those in power here that what is happening in Ukraine is not a war, it’s just a special military operation.
“And suddenly they’re being told we need to call up 300,000 reservists to make sure the operation is successful.”
Thousands of Russians have been trying to enter Georgia because “Russians don’t want to die for Putin.”
Journalist John Scott-Railton shared the footage on Twitter, and said, “Russians don’t want to die for Putin. And they are voting with their feet.
“Here’s traffic at the Russia-Georgia border tonight.”
«Граница стоит». Ситуация на «Верхнем Ларсе» – по словам очевидцев, очереди как с российской, так и с грузинской стороны. pic.twitter.com/1LYqjRXUMe
— Эхо Кавказа (@ekhokavkaza) September 21, 2022
A journalist at Israel’s public broadcasting channel Kann, Amichai Stein wrote, “Reports: starting tomorrow, traffic checkpoints across Russia will be manned by military commissars and men eligible for mobilisation to be remanded into custody.”
Jussi Tanner, head of consular affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Finland said the number of men leaving Russia has “increased significantly.”
He added, “There are applications that show that there is an effort to get out of Russia and the return condition is not met. Then the visa decision is negative.”
A wife from Tyumen in Siberia said, “I will not let my husband go. I’ll break his both legs. His duty is to raise his children.”
However, Moscow has warned that any potential recruits will face legal action if they self-harm to avoid being sent to war.
A man who was lucky to leave Russia by air said, “I am 33 and I have a military ID [so I am liable to be mobilised], but [the ID shows] I am not fit to serve because of my health.
“I flew out to Bishkek [capital of Kyrgyzstan].
“All men are now stopped at Sheremetyevo airport [in Moscow], their documents are taken away. They are all asked if they served in the military, when they bought their tickets.
“Next is either an interrogation, or they are left to go in 15 or 20 minutes after a thorough document check. I wasn’t interrogated.
“I don’t know if there are those who were not allowed to leave the country after the interrogation.”