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In the first nine months of 2022, 318,156 Russian citizens entered Uzbekistan, reports Interfax with reference to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic.
In the first six months, almost 129,000 Russian citizens arrived in the country, and the largest flow was observed in July-September, when a little more than 189,000 people arrived in Uzbekistan. The Ministry of Internal Affairs does not provide data for October.
State Committee of Uzbekistan on Statistics earlier in October led other data on how many people came to the country from Russia in the first nine months of 2022. According to the ministry, during this period, 395.1 thousand people came to Uzbekistan, including in September – 78.2 thousand people. According to the committee, since the beginning of the year, 2.1 times more tourists from Russia have entered the country than in January-September 2021.
After mobilization began in Russia on September 21, many Russians began to leave the country, primarily to neighboring countries, where visa-free entry is possible. In the first weeks, long queues arose at the land borders between Russia and Georgia, Kazakhstan and Finland, and tickets for flights from Russia rose significantly. One of the key areas was Kazakhstan, where over 200 thousand citizens of the Russian Federation entered in the first two weeks of mobilization. Some residents of the Far Eastern regions fled the war draft by sailing on boats to the United States and South Korea.
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