Russians trying to escape the declared partial mobilisation by going abroad are not welcome in European Union member state Latvia. Latvian Foreign Minister, Edgars Rinkevics, has said on Twitter. Latvia already banned tourists and businessmen from Russia. Russians seeking to escape the war in Ukraine need not expect a visa for entering Latvia.
Rinkevics wrote on Twitter: "Due to security reasons, Latvia will not issue humanitarian or other types of visas to those Russian citizens who avoid mobilisation."
The partial mobilisation, declared by Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday (21 Septmeber), could see some 300 thousand reservists called up. The State Duma, Russia's parliament, on Tuesday (20 September) already increased penalties for people who not show up during a mobilisation.