New block in the “great exodus” of Russians – No more passports for those who have been recruited

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“If a citizen has been called up for military service or has received a call-up (conscription or conscription), he will not be entitled to an international passport,” the Kremlin announced

THE Russia will no longer issue passports for those who have been conscripted, the Russian government information website announced, while tens of thousands of people have already fled abroad.

“If a citizen has been called up for military service or received a call-up (conscription or conscription), he will not be entitled to an international passport,” the statement said.

Russians need international passport to travel to most foreign countries.

They can enter Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan with an internal passport, which is equivalent to an identity card.

The decision comes as many Russians fear border closures amid a campaign to mobilize reservists to send military forces to Ukraine.

Since the declaration of conscription last week, tens of thousands of Russians have fled to neighboring countries, mainly in Georgia, Kazakhstan and Mongolia.

The exodus is of such proportions that the Russian security services yesterday set up a mobile conscription office on the border with Georgia, to stop those trying to escape conscription.

Vladimir Putin has assured that only those with military experience or special knowledge of the military will be drafted.

But the conscription of the elderly, the sick, students, categories that were supposed to be exempt from conscription, has caused an outcry in Russia. Observers believe that in the end the Russian authorities are recruiting more than they announced.

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