Hundreds of thousands of Russians have fled the country since the war began

A million Russians fled before long?

The Great Russian Exodus

A new Russian diaspora is emerging outside of Russia. Hundreds of thousands of people have fled their homes in Ukraine since the start of the war. The Kremlin denies the high number of refugees.


Russians before the border crossing to Georgia: The war in Ukraine has caused a real exodus from Russia.

The data is not secured or independently verifiable. One thing is clear: the forced mobilization of hundreds of thousands of Russians for the war in Ukraine has triggered an exodus of refugees from Russia. Outside of Russia, a new Russian diaspora is emerging, consisting mainly of young people and members of the urban middle class.

Around 700,000 Russians are said to have entered Georgia alone, as Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili (70) told “Radio France”. Around 100,000 Russians remained in their country and 600,000 traveled further afield, for example to Armenia or Turkey and further to Europe.

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