Military-age Russian men are scrambling to flee the country or breaking their own limbs in order to avoid getting drafted in a brutal mobilization announced yesterday by Moscow’s atrocious dictator, Vladimir Putin.
Flocking to Airports and Border Crossings
Putin’s announcement that a full-fledged mobilization of military-age males came as somewhat of a surprise, seven months into his monstrous invasion of Ukraine.
A total of 56,000 members of the official Russian military have died in battle in Ukraine so far; if mercenaries and proxy troops are added, Putin’s manpower losses would reach 100,000.
A recent estimate put Russia’s total losses at more than 155,000 – counting the dead, the wounded, the missing, and those taken captive.
Putin’s Defense Ministry and close crony, Sergey Shoigu, announced shortly after his dictator boss’ mobilization speech that for now, only some 300,000 military reservists would be summoned.
However, the very announcement itself caused young Russian men to immediately book flights to destinations that don’t require visas for them, such as Armenia, Georgia, and Turkey.
Thousands have flocked to airports and border crossings, including on the borders with Finland, Kazakhstan, and Mongolia in order to evade the first mobilization in Russia since the Second World War.
— Pjotr Sauer (@PjotrSauer) September 22, 2022
— Daniel Smith (@DanielS18352008) September 21, 2022
More signs that the mobilization in Russia is far from partial. This 32-year old IT worked has been drafted despite not having done any military training or study https://t.co/IT4ZjCkbku
— Dasha Afanasieva (@dasha_reports) September 22, 2022
‘Break a Leg at Home’
Because of Putin’s mobilization declaration, reports from Google made it clear that searches about “how to” break a leg or an arm “at home” have skyrocketed in Russia. Many would rather suffer homemade injuries than go and perish in their dictator’s crazy, criminal war.
A Russian wife from the city of Tyumen in Central Russia, Siberia, was quoted by The Daily Mail as saying she would break her husband’s legs in order to keep him from going to war.
To counter such acts, however, Russia’s authorities announced there will be legal action against those who avoid the draft by hurting themselves.
The mobilization order was apparently applied as of Thursday morning, starting in the Russian Far East.
Videos began to emerge of reservists saying tearful goodbyes to their families, wives, and young children as they were loaded on buses to be taken to fight defenders of Ukraine.
Nighttime photos from airports in Moscow, such as Vnukovo, showed massive traffic jams and hundreds of young men trying to board outgoing flights.
However, those were quickly summoned for interrogation by Putin’s intelligence officers. It remains unclear how many of those trying to leave are getting turned back.
A total of 1,386 anti-war protesters got snatched by the Russian riot police in a total of 38 cities during protest rallies against the mobilization last night. In spite of the police brutality, more rallies were supposed to be held on Thursday night.
At the same time, however, the Putin regime found a horrific way to punish the male protesters. Many found themselves being handed mobilization papers in police stations where they were arrested for protesting against that same war.
Military-obliged men who were the first to be mobilized in the Russian Far East were given exactly four hours in order to prepare their bags and show up at rallying points.
— Bru Says (@Bruaintmaga) September 22, 2022
Unsurprisingly ethnic minority regions of Russia are the first to be called up. pic.twitter.com/Et2OvLeKvE
— Thomas van Linge (@ThomasVLinge) September 22, 2022
I said today in several interviews: it was ok for Russians when Ukraines got attacked and killed, and the Russia’s ethnic minorities were those who killed and died amid invasion. But as soon as the privileged Muscovites are threatened with mobilization… pic.twitter.com/8Kylb5gdz7
— Sergej Sumlenny (@sumlenny) September 21, 2022
More than 1,300 people were detained across Russia as demonstrators protested President Putin’s announcement of a partial mobilization of military reservists, an independent monitoring group says. https://t.co/OCPkQ5qZMs
— NBC News (@NBCNews) September 22, 2022
These are the indicative estimates of Russia’s combat losses as of Sept. 22, according to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/2vxP087wce
— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) September 22, 2022