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Ukraine War: Russians flee from call to South Korea


SEOUL –

Desperate to avoid being called up to fight in Ukraine, more than 20 Russians took a cruise down the North Pacific coast to South Korea, a South Korean lawmaker said. refused entry.

There has been an exodus of enlisted men from Russia since President Vladimir Putin ordered the partial deployment on September 21, but most have been by road, rail and air. not to Europe and neighboring countries of the former Soviet Union, such as Georgia, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan.

Boarding four yachts, 23 Russians have been to South Korea since late September, but authorities only allowed two, lawmaker An Ho-Young said, citing coast guard data.

Others “have been rejected because their purpose is unclear and they do not have sufficient documents,” the lawmaker said in a statement.

The two yachts left the South Korean island of Ulleung and the southeastern port of Pohang on Tuesday with 15 Russians on board, An said.

Two other yachts are still in Pohang, and one of them – with only two Russians left on board after the two were granted entry – plans to make a long trip to Thailand, the lawmaker added.

A Justice Department official said he did not have details on the yacht cases, but Russians are generally allowed to enter the country without a visa as long as they are pre-approved through the system. Korea’s electronic travel authorization.


(Reporting by Hyonhee Shin; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)

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