Escape to Finland, or: Georgia

A ‘Septolet’

Thousands
across Russia
are drafted. 

Traffic
at Russian borders
with Finland and Georgia
surges.

Septolet?

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32 thoughts on “Escape to Finland, or: Georgia”

  1. And ethnic incidents are provoked between Armenia and Azerbaijan, between various ethnic groups commonly known as Georgians, and so on and so forth – “divide and conquer” seems to be his policy.
    Shabat Shalom and Shana Tova v’Chatima Tova, David.

  2. This gets scarier by the day. You know the point of this fake election in Ukraine. To โ€œproveโ€ to the world and certain constituencies in the Russian government that the land Russia holds by force is really part of its sovereign territory. Then you see it will really be Ukraine that is invading Russia not the other way around. Using nuclear weapons then becomes justified. After all, Russia is simply defending itself. The ripple consequences though this stressed out planet, not to mention the civilian casualties and misery in Ukraine are hard to think about. Prayer for whatever it may accomplish seems called for at this time.

    1. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-62996212

      “Georgia is one of the few neighbouring countries that Russians can enter without needing to apply for a visa. Finland, which shares a 1,300km (800 mile) border with Russia, does require a visa for travel, and also reported an increase in traffic overnight – but said it was at a manageable level.

      “Other destinations reachable by air – such as Istanbul, Belgrade or Dubai – have seen ticket prices skyrocket immediately after the military call-up was announced, with some destinations sold out completely. Turkish media have reported a large spike in one-way ticket sales, while remaining flights to non-visa destinations can cost thousands of euros.

      “Germany’s interior minister signalled on Thursday that Russians fleeing the draft would be welcome in her country.

      “Nancy Faeser said deserters threatened by “severe repression” would receive protection on a case-by-case basis, following security checks. Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and the Czech Republic struck a different tone, saying they would not offer fleeing Russians refuge.”

      1. The President of the United States said, this is Russiaโ€™s war, only Russia can end it.
        Looks like Georgia and Finland will have to carry a huge number of Russians fleeing.

        1. ABVR โ€ฆ sad. Ukraine could excuse Russiaโ€™s illegal action and allow whatโ€™s been taken to be gone in exchange for some sort of ceasefire. No country in the world should ever be expected to do that. They should not be asked to do that. The US emboldened Russia by the manner it left Afghanistan. By I donโ€™t suppose my apology on behalf of my countryโ€™s government to Ukraine will mean much. The world is a dangerous place now. I pray for Putin to โ€ฆ no longer be in charge of Russia.

          1. Those who operate within the intimate circles of this tragedy know exactly what they are holding onto.
            Actually my words are a sorry excuse for either side since I am not following the trajectory this conflict had taken which escalated in a full scale war.
            If Nikolas had to go, the tsar, stalin or putin had to go
            Who should step into his shoes.

          2. Wish I had an answer. The absence of the rule of law in Russia confounds easy solutions or succession plans of leadership.

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