Russian citizens aren’t too thrilled about President Vladimir Putin’s partial mobilization of reservists to fight the war in Ukraine —in fact, many are paying exorbitant prices for plane tickets to flee the country.
Reports state that wealthy Russian citizens are paying anywhere from $25,000 a plane ticket to $135,000 to rent an 8-seater jet to escape Mad Vlad. Russians are escaping to Armenia, Turkey, and Azerbaijan, The Guardian reported Tuesday.
Some European countries won’t accept fleeing Russians, and have already taken steps to block them.
“The situation is absolutely crazy at the moment,” Yevgeny Bikov, director of broker jet company Your Charter, told The Guardian. “We would get 50 requests a day; now it is around 5,000.”
Putin last week ordered a partial mobilization of reservists in Russia, in a measure that appeared to be an admission that the Kremlin’s war against Ukraine isn’t going according to plan after nearly seven months of fighting.
The move has triggered outraged protests, acts of violence across the vast country, and a fearful exodus.
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