Germany says it is ready to welcome Russian deserters –

Germany says it is ready to welcome Russian deserters –
Germany says it is ready to welcome Russian deserters –

Since the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, tens of thousands of Russians have reportedly left their country, a phenomenon which seems to have increased since President Vladimir Putin’s announcement on Wednesday of a partial mobilization of reservists, AFP noted on Thursday. The news agency collected testimony from Russian nationals in the arrivals area of ​​Yerevan airport in Armenia.

“The situation in Russia made me decide to leave. Yes, we left Russia because of the mobilization,” says a father. His 17-year-old son completes: “We decided not to wait to be called up for the army. We left”. If he says he is not panicked, he insists on the “uncertainty” which reigns and expresses his “sadness” in the face of events.

His feeling is shared by other Russians who arrived on the same flight in Armenia, a country in the Caucasus where they can stay for up to 6 months without needing a visa.

Many Russians are temporarily leaving Russia for Armenia (pictured at Yerevan airport on September 21) for fear of being drafted for war in Ukraine. [Karen Minasyan – AFP]

“In Russia, hardly anyone supports this war,” said another passenger on the same flight, before adding: “It’s so painful, I just want it to end.” A third man, aged 45, explains that he fled with a simple bag, leaving his wife and their two children in the country, without “any idea” of what he was going to do there. “I don’t want to go to war. I don’t want to die in this senseless war. It’s a fratricidal war,” he summarizes.

According to the latest figures from the Armenian Immigration Service, in June nearly 40,000 Russians have arrived in the country since the start of the invasion of Ukraine. In Georgia, a neighboring country, 50,000 arrived during the same period, according to official figures.

The article is in French

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