Putin's bets result in turmoil and an increase in the risk of conflict

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As Hurricane Ian destroys Cuba's electricity, two million Floridians are instructed to leave. 

Russia is most likely the first and only country in the world where citizens fled not because someone invaded their country, but because they invaded another country. 

In an effort to avoid being drafted into the Vietnam War, over 40,000 American dissidents crossed into Canada fifty years ago.  

In less than a week since President Vladimir Putin ordered a partial mobilization to support a waning war effort in Ukraine, unprecedented events have taken place in Russia. 

The Kremlin wanted to mobilize an additional 300,000 reservists when the mobilization was announced last week.

Now, possibly even that many Russian males of combat age have left the nation in an effort to escape enrolling.

They have boarded planes to Turkey, swum through rivers, and sat for days at border gates that are congested with traffic.

According to Georgian officials, 10,000 Russians cross the border every day. Additionally, thousands are coming to Mongolia. 

There are numerous films on social media that allude to the widespread disorder and bewilderment in Russia.

There are instances of citizens turning on military recruiters in moments of protest, particularly in underdeveloped, ethnically diverse communities.