Lisa Haseldine Lisa Haseldine

How many Russians have fled Putin?

Cars queuing to enter Finland from Russia shortly after Vladimir Putin announced conscription. (Photo by JUSSI NUKARI/Lehtikuva/AFP via Getty Images)

Ever since the war in Ukraine started there have been reports about Russians emigrating, either fleeing conscription or simply dismayed at the conflict and Vladimir Putin’s authoritarian turn. Moscow has previously dismissed reports that as many as 700,000 could have fled. But that figure no longer looks so far-fetched in the light of data just released by the FSB saying 9.7

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