Putin’s declared business launch made Russians hastily buy plane tickets abroad

The Russian airline Aeroflot has started dismantling its planes for

Putin’s administration has not yet said whether it plans to restrict citizens from leaving the country due to the campaign.

21.9. 15:41•Updated 21.9. 20:16

Almost all flights from Russia abroad this week are sold out. Demand for airline tickets picked up today Wednesday after the president Vladimir Putin announced a partial motion launch.

The launch means that Russia plans to command at least 300,000 reservists to the front. Putin justified his decision by the fact that, in his opinion, Russia is currently at war against both Ukraine and the West.

Based on websites that sell airline tickets, all direct flights from Russia to, for example, Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan on Wednesday were sold out.

According to the website of Turkish Airlines, flights from Russia to Istanbul, Turkey’s largest city, are full until Saturday. Turkey has become an important transit country for Russians to, for example, Southern Europe after the EU closed its airspace to Russian airlines.

Also, you can’t get a ticket for the planes flying from Russia to Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, until next week.

In Russia, Google searches for the words “tickets”, “airplane” and “leave Russia” increased significantly on Wednesday morning.

Moscow Times (you will switch to another service) according to the Russian airline Aeroflot has announced that, at least for the time being, it is not prohibited from selling tickets to men aged 18-65.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov did not respond when reporters asked him if the Putin administration plans to close the borders to prevent citizens from leaving the country.

The matter was corrected on 21.9. at 8:16 p.m.: Istanbul is Turkey’s largest city and not the capital, as the story said earlier.

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