The Finnish authorities, which previously announced that they would tighten control over the issuance of visas to Russians of military age (details here), published statistics on crossing the border for two days – immediately after the entry ban imposed by the Baltic States. According to the Finnish Border Guard, 6,500 Russian citizens entered Finland on Monday 19 September and Tuesday 20 September.
The high tourist flow of tourists leaving Russia to Finland is explained by the fact that at present the country of lakes is the only land route by which our fellow citizens can reach other countries of the European Union that have not imposed an entry ban on them.
As the Schengenvisainfo portal explained, Finland has become the only country neighboring Russia to allow entry to those who meet the entry rules. Recall that from Monday, September 19, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland introduced a ban on entry for Russians and decided to no longer issue them Schengen visas.
Thus, since our fellow citizens were not able to use the borders of other neighboring European countries, the number of those who decided to enter Finland increased significantly. According to data provided by the Finnish Border Guard, a total of 3,099 Russian citizens officially entered Finland through the eastern border on Monday, and another 3,403 of them entered on Tuesday. In addition, it turned out that up to 35% of Russians who arrived in Suomi during this two-day period had valid Schengen visas.
The Finnish authorities also most recently reported that the number of Russians arriving in their country is likely to increase due to the partial mobilization announced by Putin. So, on September 22, the Finnish Border Guard announced that traffic on Finland's eastern border with Russia had intensified overnight. The authorities have not yet disclosed further information on the number of Russian citizens entering Finland since the decree calling for 300,000 reservists was issued.
While the Finnish authorities have not yet made any official statement on the matter, three The Baltic states – Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia – have said they will not accept Russians who are fleeing partial mobilization (details here).
Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu told Reuters that Russia's refusal to comply with the civil debt is not a sufficient basis for granting asylum in Estonia or any other country. “Refusal to perform one's civic duty in Russia or a desire to do so is not sufficient grounds for granting asylum in another country,” the official said. In addition, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, Edgars Rinkevics, on his official Twitter account referred to security concerns in connection with the refusal.
Earlier on September 20, Finland sent a letter to the EU, in which it asked to introduce uniform rules for the recognition of Russian visas invalid and a ban on entry for our fellow citizens.