Americans With Dual Citizenship Should Leave Russia ‘Immediately’ — Could Be Drafted, Embassy Warns

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The United States Embassy in Russia on Tuesday urged Americans to leave the country “immediately,” in its worst warning since the start of the war in Ukraine, warning Americans not to travel to Russia amid a mass exodus of conscripts fleeing would conscript the Kremlin.

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Important facts

The security alert warns that Russia could refuse to recognize dual citizenship, deny them access to U.S. consulates in Russia — which are used for travel assistance in and out of the country — prevent them from leaving the country altogether, and even ban them from being dual nationals Russian military could be called up.

The US embassy warned Americans to go “while there are limited opportunities for commercial travel.”

Russians of military age have fled to neighboring countries Countries after Russian President Vladimir Putin last week declared a “partial mobilization” of armed reserves after Russian forces in eastern Ukraine’s Kharkiv region suffered major territorial setbacks as Ukraine gained a foothold in formerly Russian-held territories.

The cost of one-way flights from Russia has since skyrocketed, while flights to some countries including Turkey, Armenia, Serbia and the United Arab Emirates have completely sold out, the Associated Press reported (The European Union had closed its airspace) . Russian flights in February).

The US Embassy in Moscow also advised Americans in Russia not to take part in political or social protests and not to photograph the security personnel attending, stressing that US citizens were detained in these demonstrations and that “peaceful assembly and freedom of expression are not respected in Russia.” guaranteed are Russia.”

The warning complements a State Department travel advisory issued in August urging Americans not to travel to the country and to exit immediately if in the country.

key background

Putin announced in a televised address last week that his partial mobilization decree will apply only to current members of Russia’s military reserve and people who have previously served in the country’s armed forces. He also threatened to use nuclear weapons, sparking mass protests in Russia and widespread concern from foreign officials, including CIA Director Bill Burns, who made the announcement CBS Evening News the threat must be “taken very seriously”. More than 1,250 people have been arrested across Russia during protests against Putin’s conscription New York Times reports with reference to the human rights organization OVD-Info. Part of the anger is that Russian forces abandoning their posts or surrendering in Ukraine could face long jail terms after Putin signed into law just three days after declaring partial mobilization. The move also raised concerns that Putin could impose martial law in the annexed territories, suspending ordinary law and likely preventing military-age men from fleeing.

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On Tuesday, Russia’s state news agency RIA claimed overwhelming support in mock referendums to annex occupied territories in eastern and southern Ukraine, setting the stage for a possible further escalation as Russia pushes to secure those areas from Ukrainian forces. In a speech this week, Putin said nothing was off the table if Russia’s “territorial integrity” was under threat.

Further reading

US Embassy in Russia urges Americans to leave the country (The Hill)

‘Hopeless situation’: Thousands of Russians flee to neighboring countries to avoid Putin’s draft (Forbes)

Putin taps into 300,000 reservists to fight in Ukraine while backing referendums in Russian-occupied territories (Forbes)