On the 21st (local time), the British Guardian and the German news agency dpa reported that flights to Turkiye from this day to the weekend were already sold out just hours before the announcement of the mobilization order.
Flights from Moscow to Turkiye Istanbul, Ankara and Antalya will no longer be available on the Turkish Airlines website for the next three to four days.
Airline ticket prices have more than doubled. The cheapest flight ticket from Moscow to Istanbul went from 80,000 rubles (about 1.84 million won) to 173,000 rubles (about 3.98 million won). Turkish airline Pegasus Airlines also ran out of flights from Moscow to Istanbul by Saturday.
It has become difficult to leave Russia by land as four of the five EU member states bordering Russia denied entry to Russian tourists. Searches such as “how to avoid military service” have increased significantly on Google and Yandex, a Russian search site.
At least 425 people were arrested in protests against the mobilization in 24 Russian cities, AFP news agency OVD-Info reported. In Moscow, at least 50 people were said to have been arrested by police after demonstrators gathered in the city center shouted “no mobilization order”.
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced he would issue a partial mobilization order for reservists, saying: “I support the proposal by the Ministry of National Defense and the General Staff to promote partial mobilization to protect sovereignty and integrity (territorial ) of Russia and Russia. ” done. The Russian Defense Ministry said the mobilization target would be 300,000 of the 25 million total reserve forces.
The Russian Senate also approved amendments to the law to strengthen the punishment for military offenders, passed by the lower house the day before. The amendment increased the maximum penalty for soldiers who deserted a unit during mobilization or martial law from 5 years to 10 years. Soldiers who refuse to fight or disobey the orders of their superiors can also face up to 10 years in prison. Soldiers who voluntarily surrender are sentenced to up to 10 years in prison and those who commit looting are sentenced to up to 15 years in prison.
Shin Hyun-bo, Hankyung.com reporter [email protected]