The Russia Stop issuing passports to reserve soldiers called for partial mobilization announced by the Russian President, Russian President Vladimir Putin, last week. The information was published on Wednesday (28/09) on a Russian government information portal, at a time when thousands of people are trying to flee the country before being sent to fight. According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, 300,000 reserve soldiers will be called up.
The government portal says: “If a citizen has already been called up for military service or received a summons (for mobilization or conscription), the international passport will be refused,” noting that in these cases, “a notice will be sent to the citizen who has to explain the reason for the refusal and its duration.”
Russians need an international passport to travel to most countries, although they can travel to countries such as Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan with an internal passport, equivalent to an ID card.
The announcement of the international passport restrictions comes as many Russians fear closing the borders to prevent further escapes. Since Putin’s announcement, queues have formed at the land border of Russia Flights to countries that do not require visas for Russian citizens were full. Protests against the mobilization spread across the country, with hundreds of prisoners.
Although Putin stressed that only those who already have military experience or skills related to the army will be mobilized, the recruitment of the elderly, sick and students, supposedly exempted, is causing concern among the population.
Restricting vehicles at the border with Georgia
Due to the large influx of vehicles, Russia’s North Ossetia region borders on GeorgiaAnd restrictions were imposed on the entry of cars into its territory, Wednesday, after the formation of giant lines of Russians who wanted to escape from the reserve crowd.
The region’s leader, Sergei Minyalo, signed a decree “restricting the entry of passenger cars into the territory of North Ossetia,” the regional government announced on its Telegram account.
Thousands of people trying to leave Russia across the Georgian border – Photo: Yelena Afonina / dpa / TASS / picture alliance
Under the new system, only people heading to holiday camps or other tourist facilities will be able to enter the area. Mineelo said he introduced the ban after 20,000 people crossed the border into Georgia In just two days.
“We will not be able to financially guarantee order and security if this flow continues to grow,” he said, noting that cars with North Ossetian plates are exempt from the ban.
Restrictions complicate the flight between the regional capital, Vladikavkaz, and the capital GeorgiaAnd Tbilisi, 200 kilometers to the south, which has been visited by many Russian citizens since Putin decreed partial mobilization.
Russia’s entry into the EU grows by 30%
The European Border Guard Agency (Frontex) said, on Tuesday, that the number of Russian citizens who crossed the country’s borders into the European Union increased by 30% in a week. About 66,000 Russians entered the European bloc in the past week, most of them via Finland and Estonia.
Finland has already announced that it will adopt a “strict policy” to reduce the issuance of visas to Russians who wish to enter the country, in an attempt to contain the situation, explaining that the increase in entry is causing “serious damage to the international state of Helsinki’s situation.”
Finland and Russia It shares a border of about 1,340 kilometres, the longest of any country in the European Union. Until now, Russian tourists could enter the Schengen area by land through the Finnish border, unlike the Baltic states and Poland, which imposed more stringent restrictions.
The Latvian government declared a “preventive state of emergency” at the country’s borders with Russia Faced with the possible mass arrival of the Russians.
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The United States asks Americans to leave Russia
Also this Wednesday, the US Embassy in Russia He issued a new security alert, urging US citizens to leave Russian territory as soon as possible, and warning that commercial flights are increasingly limited, but that land borders remain open.
The US Embassy also warned that Moscow could start denying dual citizenship and consequently consular assistance to US citizens.
In addition to the United States of America, Poland, Romania and Bulgaria have urged their citizens to leave Russia As soon as possible, with the availability of transportation. The governments of these countries mainly fear that men of military age may find it increasingly difficult to leave Russian soil, due to Putin’s partial recall.
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