Over 14,000 Russians Oppose Putin’s Invasion of Ukraine Fled to Turkey

At least 14,000 Russian citizens who strongly oppose Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine have fled to Turkey and they can stay in the country for three months without visa.

Turkish Daily Hurriyet reported that the Russian refugees include anti-war activists, journalists, academics, bloggers and businessmen.

Meanwhile, 49,000 Ukrainian citizens have also arrived in Turkey since the start of Russia’s invasion on February 24.

The citizens of both warring countries (Russia and Ukraine) can travel freely to and in Turkey as Ankara has not closed its airspace.

This is as Marina Ovsyannikova, the Russian journalist who staged an anti-war protest on live TV, said that Russian people do not support “Putin’s war” in Ukraine, calling it an unprovoked invasion.

On March 14, Ovsyannikova appeared suddenly behind the host of Vremya on Russia’s Channel One newscast holding a poster reading “NO WAR” in English and “Stop the war. Don’t believe propaganda. They are lying to you,” in Russian.

She could be seen and heard for several seconds before the channel switched to a different report.

Ovsyannikova said many Russians oppose Vladimir Putin’s decision to go to war and she called on them to speak up against the military action.


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