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Georgia has become a haven for Russians fleeing Vladimir Putin’s call to continue the war

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Viktoria Platunova, a Russian opponent who took refuge in Georgia after the start of the war in Ukraine, has already bought several mattresses to accommodate compatriots fleeing the partial mobilization decreed in Russia or who came to Tbilisi a few days ago as tourists and have now decided to stay.

“First we stayed in a hotel and then we managed to rent a three-bedroom apartment for $400 a month. Now we are waiting for some friends from Moscow, St. Petersburg and Surgut who can be called up. They are coming. The mattresses are for them”, says the activist.

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Viktoria said in an interview with Efe that she does not consider that Vladimir Putin will stop at a partial mobilization.

Local media and social networks have published images of the Verjni Lars border crossing, the only one between Russia and Georgia, in which kilometric traffic jams of hundreds of cars can be seen of Russians trying to enter Georgian territory.

“Witnesses have told me that the queue of vehicles extends about 40 kilometers,” says Viktoria, who says that with her husband they decided to flee Russia because they feared being imprisoned for their political activities.

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They had never been to Georgia before, but quickly found work: she at a computer company, he as a lecturer at an NGO.

Pavel, 38, and two friends who arrived in Georgia as tourists four days ago were surprised by news of the partial mobilization ordered by Putin as they walked through Tbilisi.

Without thinking twice, the three friends decided to stay in Georgia.

“We are perplexed. Now we are urgently looking for a flat to rent, ”he told Efe Pável, who with his two friends worked in a mobile phone company.

According to the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Georgian Parliament, Nikoloz Samjaradze, since the beginning of the war in Ukraine some 30,000 Russians have stayed in Georgia and as many Ukrainians who came to the country as tourists.

“Most of these 30,000 Russians are of Georgian origin,” the legislator told Efe.

In his opinion, it is unlikely that there will be a massive influx of Russians, because it is “obvious that Russia will not let men of the age to be mobilized leave the country.”(I)

Source: Eluniverso

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