One-way flights from Russia quickly sold out on Wednesday after President Vladimir Putin ordered 300,000 reservists to be called up immediately.
Utin’s announcement in an early morning televised address raised fears that some men of military age would not be allowed to leave Russia.
Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said conscription would be limited to those with experience as career soldiers and that students and those who had only served as conscripts would not be conscripted.
Still, Google Trends data showed an increase 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 visa-free entry, were sold out on Wednesday, according to Aviasales data.
Some routes with stopovers, including those from Moscow to Tbilisi, were also unavailable, while the cheapest flights from the capital to Dubai cost more than 300,000 rubles (€5,000) – about five times the average monthly wage.
It also comes after Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania closed their borders to most Russian citizens on Monday in response to broad domestic support in Russia for the war in Ukraine.
Under the coordinated travel ban, Russians wishing to travel to the Baltic countries or Poland as tourists or for business, sporting or cultural purposes are not allowed to enter the country, even with valid visas for the Schengen area of the European Union.
https://www.independent.ie/world-news/europe/flights-out-of-russia-sell-out-after-putin-announces-call-up-of-300000-army-reservists-to-fight-in-ukraine-42006311.html Flights from Russia have sold out after Putin announced he would call up 300,000 army reservists to fight in Ukraine