On Thursday, the Kremlin disputed allegations that 700,000 Russians have departed the country since Moscow announced a mobilization drive to call up hundreds of thousands to fight in Ukraine. The effort was initiated to recruit hundreds of thousands of Russians to fight in Ukraine.
In a briefing with reporters, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated that he did not have exact figures for the number of people who had fled the country since President Vladimir Putin’s announcement of a “partial mobilization” on September 21. Peskov stated that he did not have access to such figures.
When asked about some estimates in Russian media that up to 700,000 Russians could have fled the country, Peskov responded, “I don’t think those numbers should be taken seriously.” This was in response to the question of whether or not those numbers should be taken seriously.
“I don’t have the data, but they are obviously a far cry from what’s being claimed there,” she said.
It is estimated that tens of thousands of Russian citizens, the majority of whom are men of military age, have fled the country in an effort to avoid being drafted to serve in Ukraine. Following Putin’s declaration, Kazakhstan, Georgia, and Mongolia, all of which share land borders with Russia, reported an increase in the number of people crossing their borders with Russia.
It is difficult to gather accurate numbers on the number of people who have gone for good.
Since the beginning of the battle in February, which Russia refers to as a “special military operation,” Putin’s mobilization push has proven to be one of the most controversial measures that Moscow has made. As a result, protests have broken out in cities and regions all over the nation.