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Russians fleeing to Kazakhstan face new border controls

As Russian men continue to flock to Kazakhstan to avoid being drafted into the war in Ukraine, officials have announced new screening measures.

New border crossings will be opened at the Karaozek crossing in Russia’s southern Astrakhan region, the regional administration announced on Thursday, state news agency TASS reported. At the crossing, one of several on the border between Russia and the vast Central Asian nation, a line of conscript-aged men formed a kilometer long. The passports of those leaving Russia would be checked against conscript lists. Those who meet the criteria for mobilization and do not have official permission to leave from the army will not be allowed to leave.

Karaozek is the most important border crossing for vehicles between Russia and former Soviet Kazakhstan. The country’s migration service announced on Tuesday that nearly 100,000 people have arrived in Kazakhstan since September 21, when Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the partial mobilization of reservists. Russian citizens.

Getting out of Russia to Sakartvel, which borders Russia to the south, has also become more difficult. The Russian republic of North Ossetia in the Caucasus, which shares a border with Sakartvel, announced entry restrictions on Wednesday.

Source: The Delfi





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