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Russians abandon wartime Russia in historic exodus

By Francesca Ebel and Mary Ilyushina

13 Feb 2023 · 8 min read

Editor's Note

Hundreds of thousands of Russians—perhaps even up to a million people—have fled Russia since the invasion began, a historic mass migration that promises to transform the country, reports The Post.

YEREVAN, Armenia - As Russian troops stormed into Ukraine last February, sending millions of Ukrainians fleeing for their lives, thousands of other Russians raced to pack their bags and leave home, fearing the Kremlin would shut the borders and impose martial law.

Some had long opposed rising authoritarianism, and the invasion was a last straw. Others were driven by economic interest, to preserve livelihoods or escape the bite of sanctions. Then, last autumn, a military mobilization spurred hundreds of thousands of men to run.

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