Russian man says he would break his leg or go to jail to avoid Putin’s order to fight in Ukraine

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A recruitment ad on a billboard in St. Petersburg on September 20, 2022. It reads “Serving Russia is a real job.”Olga Maltseva/UKTN via Getty Images

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a partial mobilization of his troops on Wednesday.

  • Many Russians are desperately trying to escape conscription for the war in Ukraine.

  • One man told the UKTN he would break his arm or leg “to avoid this whole thing”.

A Russian man told the UKTN he would break his leg or go to prison to avoid conscription for the war in Ukraine.

“I’ll break my arm, my leg, I’ll go to jail, anything to avoid this whole thing,” the unnamed man said in an article published Thursday.

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He is one of many Russians desperate to avoid being drafted after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a sweeping appeal on Wednesday, ending Russia’s reliance on volunteer troops.

About 300,000 people would be called up immediately, Russian officials said. They also said the new decree would only affect people with previous experience.

Hours after Putin’s announcement, the most searched term on Google in Russia was “how to break an arm at home,” according to Newsweek.

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(Google has a smaller market share in Russia than in the West, but is still used by many millions of people.)

Another man living in Moscow, identified only as Vyacheslav, told the UKTN that he and his friends were looking for other ways to get under conscription.

“Mental health or drug addiction treatment look like good, cheap or maybe even free options,” he said.

“If you are stoned and arrested while driving, hopefully your license will be taken away and you will have to undergo treatment. You don’t know for sure, but hopefully this will be enough to avoid being taken,” Vyacheslav added.

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Some Russians try to flee the country instead, causing airline tickets to skyrocket in price or completely sell out. Land border crossings are also seeing increased traffic, the UKTN reported.

Other Russians took to the streets and attended a series of anti-war protests in cities across the country on Wednesday, UKTN reported. Many said the police had detained them and had been ordered to join the military in prison, according to UKTN.

Putin’s move came after Russian troops were forced to withdraw from large parts of Ukraine.

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