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Putin speech: Google searches for 'how to leave' Russia surging

Added 09-21-22 10:36:03am EST - “Putin's chilling move caused a desperate race to escape from a potential conscription, as the few remaining flights out of the country were snapped up at exorbitant prices.” - Dailymail.co.uk

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Dailymail.co.uk: “Russians race to flee country as one-way flights sell out”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Terrified Russians are scrambling to flee the country today with one-way flights out of Moscow sold out after Vladimir Putin sparked mass panic by ordering a troop mobilisation in a dramatic escalation of the Ukraine war.

Prices of the few remaining tickets sky-rocketed, driven by fears that Russia's borders could soon close or of a broader call-up that might send many men of fighting age to the war's front lines. 

Tickets to Johannesburg for a family of three were earlier fetching £44,000, while the cheapest flights from the capital to Dubai were costing more than £8,000 - about ten times the average monthly wage, for a one-way economy fare. 

Protests have also started to spring up across the country, with Putin's feared 'Cosmonaut' armed police deployed to quell the unrest.

In a nationwide speech, Putin ordered the call-up of 300,000 military reserves - a first in Russia since the Second World War - and issued a chilling new threat to use nuclear weapons against the West, telling world leaders to back off Ukraine while warning: 'I'm not bluffing'.

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