Russian draft spurs exodus by some men as air fares soar

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Some Russian men rushed for the exits on Thursday, September 22, after President Vladimir Putin ordered a partial mobilization, with traffic at border crossings with Finland and Georgia surging and prices for air tickets from Moscow rocketing.

Putin on Wednesday ordered Russia’s first mobilization since World War Two and backed a plan to annex swathes of Ukraine, warning the West he was not bluffing when he said he’d be ready to use nuclear weapons to defend Russia.








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