Alot of men of fighting age in Russia have rushed to get married to single mothers to avoid being drafted for war, following the declaration of President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday that civilians should be partially mobilized for battle.
Some others have registered as elderly carers for women with children to dodge being drafted for war.
President Vladimir Putin’s call for partial civilians mobilisation for its war against Ukraine met with widespread protests across the country, and an exodus of citizens who are likely to be pulled in for service.
Some Russian men had fled to bordering and Moscow’s neighbours countries, such as Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania but they were refused as refuge.
TimesNow news media reported that, at the Russia-Georgia border, miles-long queues of vehicles formed on the first day of mobilization.
“Finland, which shares 1,300 kilometers border with Russia, also reported an increase in traffic overnight.
“Other destinations reachable by air: Istanbul, Belgrade, Dubai – have seen ticket prices skyrocket post-military call-up, with some destinations sold out completely.
“So, will Putin’s mobilisation gambit actually help Russia on the battlefield or end up isolating Moscow further?”, TimesNow reported.
Some men resorted to marrying singleo mothers to escape being mobilized for war.
LindaIkeji news media publication of Russia men rushing to marry single mothers is presented below:
Desperate Russian men are rushing to wed women with children as they frantically try to avoid getting conscripted for Putin’s war.
Deadbeat dads who abandoned their children are also attempting to reconnect with their ex-lovers in the hopes that they will be spared being drafted into the war in Ukraine.
Others are reportedly hurrying to sign themselves up as carers for elderly relatives they have previously neglected.
Russian men of fighting age are seeking to exploit loopholes that will stop them from getting sent to the frontline after Putin ordered the partial mobilisation of the country.
Up to 300,000 men may be signed up for the war, while figures of up to one million soldiers by next year have been floated.
Hundreds of thousands are trying to flee Russia, with queues of 24 to 30 hours reported at border crossings with Kazakhstan, Finland, and Georgia.
Thousands of protesters expressing outrage at the conscription order have been arrested in Russia.
But there have been reports that some of the detained activists have been handed their conscription papers at the police station and rushed to the frontline anyway.
SibReal media reported that marriage register offices were “packed” in the Buryatia republic in eastern Russia as men try to hurriedly marry single mothers to avoid being sent to the war front.
One woman said: “Me and my men went first to Ulan-Ude, but the queue was far too long.”
She added: “Everyone is getting married or applying to establish fatherhood, and children are getting registered to their fathers.”
A journalist based in Tomsk said: “So instead of running away or protesting [about the war mobilisation] they are registering marriages…
“Words fail me.”
Buryatia has seen the highest numbers of recruits to Putin’s war, and university students in Ulan-Ude were filmed being frogmarched by police from their lecture theatres to a conscription office.
Another woman from Moscow said her friend, a single mum of five, was proposed to by one desperate man to avoid being conscripted.
“She laughed so hard when she told me about it.
“It seems men with three or more children will not be mobilised.” She added.