Russia and the War: The Dilemma of the Deserters - Politics

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The deserter dilemma

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War in Ukraine: Queues form at the Finnish border crossing Vaalimaa on Friday.

Queues form at the Finnish border crossing at Vaalimaa on Friday.

(Photo: Essi Lehto/Reuters)

In Germany, politicians are calling for unbureaucratic protection to be offered to conscientious objectors from Russia. But security risks speak against it - and the resistance of some EU countries.


Markus Balser, Kai Strittmatter and Hubert WetzelBerlin

After the Kremlin announced that 300,000 reservists had been called up, many men tried to get out Russia to drop off At the border with Finland, the number of Russians entering the country suddenly doubled on Thursday compared to the previous week, according to border guards. Long queues formed at other external borders, such as with Kazakhstan.

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