This morning, Vladimir Putin announced a partial mobilization of Russian reserve forces, totaling about 300,000 men. It seems to be a desperate measure to reverse a major Ukrainian breakthrough in the country’s northeast.
That would signal a change inside of Russia. For comparison, I was traveling in Russia when the war started (my previous reporting on it here and here) and my flight from Moscow to New York was canceled the day before departure.
But there were still lots of flights out of Russia. I booked one for the following day to Tashkent, Uzbekistan, for a mere $50. Everything went smoothly, and I got back to the US from there.
Below is a complete list of Aeroflot flights from Moscow, which I just compiled. To virtually every foreign destination, flights are sold out for several days at least, and now cost and arm and a leg (especially on a Russian salary):
For example: The first entry shows that flights from Moscow to Turkey are sold out until September 26, 5 days from now, and that’ll cost you $1,658 to book. If you can wait to fly until October 1, then you can buy it for $796.