After Russian President Vladimir Putin announced partial military mobilization in the country
Thousands of Russian citizens flocked to the Finnish border over the weekend as the number of people fleeing the country increased.
According to the news reported by Reuters, although the traffic at the border calmed down this morning, it was quite busy compared to the previous weeks.
Speaking to Reuters after crossing the border, the Russian youth said that they made the hour-long journey from St Petersburg to the Finnish border, and they were afraid to prepare for war.
The Finnish government announced that they would be cautious about the density at the borders, and suspended the visa application for Russian tourists.
Putin announced that he had declared a partial military mobilization on September 21, and it was announced that 300,000 reserve soldiers would be called to duty as part of the mobilization.
In addition, Putin signed a decree increasing the prison sentence for those fleeing the duty of mobilization.
Accordingly, soldiers who surrender voluntarily to the enemy army could be sentenced to 10 years in prison, and those who plundered during wartime could be sentenced to 15 years in prison. With the decree, the penalty for evading military duty during mobilization was increased from 5 to 10 years.
*The visuals of the news were served by the Associated Press.