Russian Citizens Flee Country to Avoid Military Conscription

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Hundreds of thousands of Russian citizens have fled the country trying to avoid military conscription. 

Some have journeyed all the way to North America, seeking asylum in the United States.

According to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection figures, the number of Russians who crossed the southern U.S. border last fiscal year, when the Ukraine invasion started, grew by more than 430 percent compared with the year before.

As many as 700 Russians could be waiting in Mexico to enter the U.S. illegally.