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'How to Leave Russia' Top Google Trend as Putin Delays National Address

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Well...I can't blame them for this eh? Smart money knows when to leave.


Russia saw a spike in citizens searching Google for how to leave the country ahead of a now-canceled national address from President Vladimir Putin, driving speculation that Moscow would escalate its war effort in Ukraine.
The phrase "how to leave Russia" surged in Google searches on Tuesday ahead of Putin's much-anticipated speech, pointed out by the Mozhem Obyasnit Telegram channel. Putin's rare national speech was abruptly rescheduled for Wednesday, as the Kremlin has signaled it'll respond to losses in Ukraine with more aggressive approaches that could affect ordinary Russians.
Mozhem Obyasnit, founded by Russian dissidents and means "We Can Explain," found that Google queries about how to leave the country reached a peak at 6 p.m. Moscow time after seeing a sharp increase earlier Tuesday. Residents of the Khabarovsk Territory, in Russia's far east bordering China, were particularly interested in leaving, according to the channel.
"The russians were given 12 hours of rest, so Google could answer all the questions, including the question of what is the average life expectancy of a russian soldier in Ukraine," Ukraine's Defense Ministry tweeted Tuesday.
Putin is preparing to address the country after Ukraine's successful counterattack that's retaken large swaths of the country's Russian-occupied northeast while also advancing in the south near the city of Kherson.
Russia's military has seen ongoing problems of troop losses and low morale after facing unexpectedly strong resistance in Ukraine. The Russian stock exchange tanked Tuesday over concerns of decreased energy exports and the possibility of a mass mobilization to turn the tide in Ukraine.

Russian lawmakers on Tuesday advanced legislation stiffening penalties for deserting soldiers that also incorporates "mobilization, martial law and wartime" into the country's criminal code.
Mozhem Obyasnit said in its post that Russia also saw a spike in Google searches for deferrals from military service.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov last week said a mobilization is not being considered, according to the state-run TASS news agency. But on Tuesday, legislative leader Valentina Matviyenko deflected a question about a mobilization, reported TASS.

Putin was expected to address the referendums in his Tuesday night speech that was canceled without explanation, according to Ukrainska Pravda.
 
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the other shoe drops..as Putin 'doubles down' in his delayed address to Russia:



Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the partial mobilization of his country’s military Wednesday, calling up military reservists in a significant escalation of his war in Ukraine after a series of setbacks that led to growing pressure on the Kremlin to act.
The speech came just a day after after four Russian-controlled areas of southern and eastern Ukraine announced they would hold votes this week on formally joining Russia, in a plan Kyiv and its Western allies dismissed as a desperate “sham” aimed at deterring a successful counteroffensive by Ukrainian troops.
Russia’s parliament also approved a bill to toughen punishments for a host of crimes, including desertion and surrender, if they are committed during periods of mobilization or martial law.

The sudden flurry of activity signaled that the Kremlin intends to not just dig in but to ramp up its efforts in a conflict that has dragged on for nearly seven months and recently tilted away from its forces. Its public backers delighted in the prospect of an “all-out war” and a new confrontation with the West, which warned holding “sham” votes in those areas would represent an illegal escalation.
 

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