Following Putin Call For Mobilization, Finland Ups Border Security

Finland is to increase its limitations on Russians into its territory in response to fears that a flood of Russian men may attempt to exit the country in anticipation of new conscription procedures. 

While sparse on specifics, Helsinki stated it will “seriously restrict” the number of Russian visitors allowed; it feels an exodus of Russians over its borders may “severely harm Finland’s international standing.”

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Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto stated new arrivals of Russians are hurting the country internationally. Therefore, Finland is going to restrict the allowance of Russians into their country. 

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This week, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated the Kremlin would launch a partial mobilization, prompting suspicions within Russia that Moscow intends to expand its conscription to buttress its incursion into Ukraine.

Putin stated mobilization is necessary since it takes time to train reservists effectively. Men between the ages of 18 and 27 are obligated to serve at least one year in the Russian military, with a few exceptions. 

Notwithstanding the Kremlin’s history of suppressing such opposition, thousands of Russians rushed to the streets in fury over the apparent military escalation. According to the Washington Post, over a thousand demonstrators have been detained this week.

Moreover, the price of airline tickets out of the war-torn nation has apparently risen dramatically, indicating widespread anger among Russian men at the thought of being conscripted into a conflict.

This conflict has reportedly claimed the lives of between 15,000 and 25,000 Russians. Estimations of the war’s death toll differ. 

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Finland, which borders Russia and confronted the Soviet Union in an incursion in 1939, has sided with Ukraine and backed western countries in denouncing the conflict.

The Nordic nation desires to avoid a migratory crisis that could threaten its “international standing.”

“Underneath the Schengen Borders Code, entrance into Finland may be denied. Exceptions will be made for certain groups, such as relatives, students, and employees.”

“It is also essential to ensure that individuals can enter for humanitarian reasons. Finland continues to pursue EU-level solutions,” Haavisto added. 

Volodymyr Zelensky encouraged unhappy Russians to act in “sabotage” against the Kremlin’s war operations, citing increased plane ticket prices and tales of traffic congestion near Russia’s border. 

“Once you’re in the Russian army, sabotage any hostile activities, meddle with any Russian operations, and provide us all vital information on the occupiers’ bases, headquarters, and ammo stores,” Zelensky said on NBC. 

Putin’s intentions for a partial deployment and his threat to use nuclear weapons have been denounced by the West, especially by the United States. The Ukrainian resistance to the Russian assault that began in February has been formidable. 

The Kremlin has been unsuccessful in its early attempts to conquer the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, but it gained inroads in the Russian-friendly Donbas area after shifting its focus there three months into the conflict.