- Last Monday, Putin announced a partial mobilization, which entails the deployment of extra Russian troops to Ukraine.
- Many Russians who are of military age are currently urgently attempting to leave the nation.
- According to The Guardian, some people are paying up to $27,000 to fly away on private planes.
Following Russian President Vladimir Putin’s announcement of a partial mobilization of his country’s reserves last week, The Guardian reported that Russians are paying up to $27,000 to leave the country aboard private jets.
According to The Guardian, private jet flight providers have seen a dramatic rise in demand for one-way flights out of Russia.
According to the allegation, they are already charging between $21,500 and $27,000 for a seat on a private plane.
Russians are traveling to nations like Turkey, Armenia, and Azerbaijan where they may still enter without a visa.
Russians fleeing mobilization will not be allowed entry into numerous European nations, many of whom have already restricted Russian tourists.
According to Yevgeny Bikov, the director of broker jet company Your Charter, they used to receive about 50 requests per day, but today they receive 5,000 every day.
“The situation is absolutely crazy at the moment,” he added.
The demand for private planes has “raised by 50 times,” according to Eduard Simonov, CEO of the aviation firm FlightWay, who said that they are having trouble keeping up with demand after EU sanctions earlier this year drastically reduced jet availability.
“All the European private jet firms have left the market. There is more demand than supply now and the prices are through the roof compared with six months ago,” Simonov said.
Simonov also said that it’s not only the rich that are looking into renting private jets, but that they are getting a “completely new client base … people who never flew private before.”
“There are many who had some extra money left and are looking to get away,” Simonov added.
As part of the subsequent phase of his continuing invasion of Ukraine, Putin announced last week a partial mobilization of reserve soldiers.
Many Russians were alarmed by the announcement. Google searches for ways to leave Russia increased, one-way flights from Moscow sold out, and large lineups of cars can be seen at border crossing locations on satellite imagery.
As more males of military age leave Russia, there are widespread concerns about border restrictions.
However, Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin’s designated press secretary, told reporters on Monday that he was unaware of any planned border closures.
“I have no knowledge of this. No decisions have been made regarding this as of yet “He stated, as reported by Reuters.