The US Embassy in Moscow issued a security alert for US citizens in Russia on Wednesday, and the Daily Beast sums up the gist in two words: “Get out.” The alert references Vladimir Putin’s week-old decision to move ahead with a partial military mobilization of reservists against Ukraine, and warns that Russia could go so far as to “conscript dual nationals for military service.” Further, “Russia may refuse to acknowledge dual nationals’ US citizenship, deny their access to US consular assistance, [and] prevent their departure from Russia.”
“US citizens should not travel to Russia and those residing or travelling in Russia should depart Russia immediately while limited commercial travel options remain,” it warns, elaborating on the limited nature of those options. Open seats on commercial flights are scarce, but “overland routes by car and bus are still open. If you wish to depart Russia, you should make independent arrangements as soon as possible.” The alert closes with a reminder: that “the right to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression are not guaranteed in Russia.” As such, US citizens should steer clear of public protests.
Meanwhile, Russian men are getting out. The AP reports more than 197,000 Russian nationals have made their way to Georgia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, and Finland over the last week, per those countries’ figures.
R&I – FS