Finland has decided to “significantly” restrict the entry of Russian citizens, the Helsinki government announced on Friday. The Nordic country has taken this decision after limiting the number of visas granted. The Finnish government will use security reasons as an argument for its decision, as the number of Russian citizens applying to enter the country has doubled in a week (7,460 in the busiest passes, Walima and Nuijama) on Thursday. People). ,
Finland, a country very close to the metropolis of St. Petersburg, is one of the easiest outlets for Russian citizens of draft age who want to avoid a draft set by the Kremlin to increase the number of troops at war with Ukraine. Huh. Those who try go to countries where visas are not required, such as Georgia, Kazakhstan or, more rarely, Azerbaijan and Mongolia.
Helsinki government will toughen the escape route most used by Russian reservists
In some cases, they have sought asylum in a “brother” country, Belarus. But there they encounter the enthusiasm of Belarusian officials, who have ordered security forces to identify Russian citizens hiding in the country. As reported by independent media outlet Nasha Niva, the goal is to identify rental owners of Russian citizens, as well as owners of Russian-registered cars parked in some neighborhood yards in Minsk and other cities in the country. .
In Kazakhstan, the second largest country in the region, four of the thirty border controls on its roads are congested. Officials in this country have not given figures on the number of people who crossed. What are the videos recorded by carriers passing through those areas.
In Georgia, the tail of the main road leading from Russia to Tbilisi, the capital, is ten kilometers long, according to information from Yandex Map, a Russian online mapping service.
Finland was the only country in the European Union to keep its borders open to Russians. The rest of the border countries, the Baltic and Poland, had already closed their doors to those who wanted to flee. In some cases, such as the Latvian foreign minister, disapproval has been widely expressed. “They didn’t say anything when they saw Ukrainians dying,” said Edgars Rinkevisi
The EU is divided over what to do about defectors from Russia.