How do Russian citizens feel about Putin’s announcement?
More than 1300 people have been arrested in protests in at least 38 cities across Russia since Putin made the announcement on Wednesday. It’s believed to be the largest protest in Russia since the war started in February. Putin said the draft will only apply to those already in the reserves, but many Russians appeared unconvinced.
One-way flights out of Russia quickly sold out, with prices for economy class tickets out of Moscow surging to more than 91-hundred dollars after the announcement. Google trends data also showed major search spikes in Russia for terms like “Russian passport” and “emigration.”