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Where have all the men in Moscow gone?

By Valerie Hopkins

19 Oct 2022 · 6 min read

Editor's Note

There are noticeably fewer men in Moscow these days, partly because those that remain in the city are staying off the streets to avoid being drafted.

Friday afternoons at the Chop-Chop Barbershop in central Moscow used to be busy, but at the beginning of a recent weekend, only one of the four chairs was occupied.

“We would usually be full right now, but about half of our customers have gone,” said the manager, a woman named Olya. Many of the clients — along with half of the barbers, too — have fled Russia to avoid President Vladimir Putin’s campaign to mobilize hundreds of thousands of men for the flagging military campaign in Ukraine.

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