A very long queue of cars has formed at the border between Russia and Finland, the only land border still open for Russians with Schengen visas. The exodus comes in the aftermath of Vladimir Putin’s announcement of a “partial mobilization” of 300,000 Russians for the war in Ukraine. As reported on Twitter the free lance journalist Sotiri Dimpinoudis in a video, the queue would be 35 km long, and it would continue to grow.
The news comes after the announcement of the partial mobilization of reservists made today by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Air flights to leave Russia are already sold out. According to the Finnish newspaper Evening newspaperalready in the last two days (before Putin gave his speech to the nation) about 6,500 people would have arrived in the country from Russia, of which about a third with a tourist visa.