The independent Russian website Medusa reports that the authorities in Russia will close the borders to men of working age. Two sources close to the Council of Ministers inform the newspaper.
Sources tell the newspaper that the most likely date for closing the borders is September 28 – the day of referendums in the Donetsk and Luhansk republics, as well as the Russian-controlled areas of the Kherson and Zaporizhia regions of Ukraine.
Referendums revolve around the possibility of integration into the Russian Federation.
On Wednesday this week, Russian President Vladimir Putin gave a speech announcing the partial mobilization of the Russian reserve forces in the country’s ongoing war of aggression against Ukraine.
Since then, thousands of Russians have left the country, both by plane and at border crossings.
On Saturday, the Russian state media agency reported that Putin signed a new law that could provide for a sentence of up to 10 years in prison for soldiers who surrender voluntarily.
According to the bulletin, the minimum sentence is 3 years imprisonment. However, the law allows the first offense to be ignored if the soldier arranges for release, returns to his unit, or does not commit any other offense while in captivity.
The RIA did not specify the criteria on which to consider something as a voluntary surrender.
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