Flights from Russia skyrocket to £8,000 as thousands flee Moscow

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Thousands of Russians have rushed to book outrageous tickets out of the country while they still can after the announcement of Vladimir Putin’s ‘partial mobilization’.

Flight tracker Flightradar24 posted a timelapse video with a stream of one-way flights flowing from Russia to Turkey, Serbia and the United Arab Emirates.

After President Putin’s announcement that civilians had to be conscripted to fight in Ukraine, flights to countries that still offer visa-free travel to Russians sold out within hours, and prices skyrocketed.

Flights from Moscow to Dubai, which would have cost around £181 in January, have risen to over £8,000 per seat.

A ticket to nearby Armenia now costs the average Russian at least £1,000.

Data also showed that in the first few hours after Putin’s speech to the nation, Google searches for “how to leave Russia” became the most popular topic in the country.

On Friday, a video emerged of a long line of vehicles stuck on a highway leading to Russia’s border with Kazakhstan.

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Countless people are queuing to leave Russia, with flights from Moscow costing more than £8,000 (Photo: East2West / Flightradar24)

Border guards in Finland also reported heavy traffic along the southeastern border with Russia, adding that the number of Russians arriving the previous day was more than double the number arriving the week before.

About 7,000 people entered from Russia on Thursday, some 6,000 of whom were Russian, which is a 107% increase, according to border guards, compared to the same day a week earlier.

A spokesman said Friday’s queue was the longest at the busy Vaalimaa crossing, with cars queuing about 500 meters, which was longer than on Thursday. Lines were also “longer than usual” at the second largest Nuijamaa crossing.

Finnish land border crossings remain one of the few entry points into Europe for Russians after a series of countries closed both physical borders and their airspace to Russian planes in response to Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

Russia has experienced an exodus of civilians since the fighting began, with an estimated 300,000 people having fled the country in March alone.

The result has led the Kremlin to aggressively ramp up their recruitment efforts, with reports of anti-war protesters and civilians being arrested on the streets and forcibly “recruited” to join the Russian armed forces.

It is feared that he is now closing the borders completely.

Social networks in Russian also flooded with advice on how to avoid the mobilization or leave the country, with searches for ‘how to break your own arm’ reaching an all-time high.

A Serbia-based group – Russians, Belarusians, Ukrainians and Serbs Together Against War – tweeted that no flights to Belgrade from Russia were available until mid-October. Flights to Turkey, Georgia or Armenia were also sold out, according to the Belgrade-based group.

“All the Russians who wanted to go to war have already left,” the group said. “Nobody else wants to go there!”

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