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Flights from Russia increased in price, sold even after Putin’s order

The price of one-way flight tickets from Russia rose on Wednesday after President Vladimir Putin announced a partial mobilization of reservists to bolster Moscow’s military in Ukraine.

According to NPR, the price of a one-way economy-class flight from Moscow to Istanbul or Dubai rose to 561,730 rubles ($9,119) in the hours following Putin’s announcement. However, according to the schedule of Russia’s national airline Aeroflot, this week’s tickets are sold out.

Direct flights to other visa-free destinations, including Yerevan in Armenia and Almaty in Kazakhstan, are also sold out or their prices have gone up for the next few days.

Tickets for routes with stopovers such as Moscow to Tbilisi, Georgia were also sold out. The one-way fare from Moscow to Turkey exceeded 163,000 rubles (2,648). In comparison, a direct flight from Russia to Turkey cost just a little over 22,000 rubles ($357), according to Google Flights data.

There has been a surge in demand for flights from Russia after Putin announced a “partial mobilization” of civilians for war in Ukraine on Wednesday morning. The president said that Russians with military experience may also be subject to enlistment.

“Today our armed forces are operating on a contact line of more than 1,000 kilometers, facing not only neo-Nazi units, but also the entire war machine of the collective West,” Putin said in his speech. “

“In this light, I consider it necessary to take the following decision which is fully justified in view of the threats facing us. namely, to protect our Motherland, its sovereignty and territorial integrity, and ensure the security of our people and people To. In the free zones, I believe that it is necessary to support the proposal of the Ministry of Defense and the General Staff to conduct partial mobilization in the Russian Federation.”

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu later said Moscow would initially call for 300,000 reservists. He reiterated that only people with experience of war and service would be mobilized.

Almost immediately after the announcement, men across Russia—most of whom were reservists under the age of 35—began receiving notices. Other men checked their identity documents on the street and were ordered to appear for health checks, as previously reported by The Washington Post.

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