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ThatFanficGuy  ·  70 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: September 28, 2022

Long story short: chances are, I'm stuck in Russia for who knows how long. There are rumors abound that soon, Putin would inact martial law, which would prohibit men of conscription age of leaving Russia. (Right now, some men are stopped at border crossings, but most cross with no problem.)

There's a sliver of hope that my visa will be issued in the shortest amount possible and there won't be martial law in place just yet so that I could cross the border. A sliver of hope. It's been a week since I'd submitted the documents, and the shortest it can take is 2 weeks (the longest is 4 weeks). The annexation of Western Ukraine was supposed to be Putin's cue to announce martial law, but the Kremlin reports that no plans for a speech have been made so far.

So long as things keep to this level, I might be fine.

If that doesn't come to pass, my employer's equipped me with a work laptop, which means I can do remote work for him and earn my salary in earnest. So long as I don't attract attention to myself and avoid being conscripted (either by not having been called on or by evading Putin's goons), I can stay in the country and keep working remotely. That wasn't the plan, but remote dev work has always been in the cards.

I don't want to think about the worst case here.

Right now, I'm okay. Stressed the fuck out, but okay. It would be a blessing for things to stay that way.

ThatFanficGuy  ·  69 days ago  ·  link  ·  


The Russian Ministry of Defense has issued a clarification to all who demand that borders be closed or limited: since this mobilization is partial, the law that would preclude men of conscription age from leaving is not in effect.

In other words, if things keep the way they are, I may be able to legally and successfully cross the border into the EU when my visa comes through.

The clouds on the horizon are Putin's signing the declaration of annexation of the occupied regions of Ukraine tomorrow (September 30th) at 3 PM, Moscow time. Afterwards, he's supposed to give a speech (described as "lengthy" by some Russian sources) afterwards. That speech could include him declaring martial law, which would prohibit men of age from leaving the country, as well as see increased security within the country.

If that doesn't happen, my route into the outside world remains open.

b_b  ·  69 days ago  ·  link  ·  

One imagines that the reason for the annexation is that he can declare that Russia itself is being attacked. Perverse game of circular logic. Stay strong, my friend.

ThatFanficGuy  ·  69 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I've been staying strong for seven months now. What's another few for a full year, eh?

OftenBen  ·  69 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I hope to have your resolve should I ever be tested in a similar manner.

ThatFanficGuy  ·  69 days ago  ·  link  ·  

For what it's worth, it'd been a month of utter terror followed by a stay in an unfamiliar country, then months of idling in a big, beautiful city.

In June, my biggest problem was choosing which part of Saint Petersburg to see next. Shit ramped up pretty quick recently.

ThatFanficGuy  ·  68 days ago  ·  link  ·  


No martial law in Russia as of yet, after Putin's speech today. A lot of whining about how great the USSR was, and a lot of saber-rattling. No clear escalation, though nukes have been mentioned.

kb was quick to reassure me that things don't move quite so fast with tactical nukes, which is a relief to hear. It means we'd get a "warning shot" of sorts.

All in all, this is reassuring so far. I'm gonna have to monitor the situation at the border crossings, where mobilization centers have been erected recently, at least next to most popular routes out of the country. It's an underhanded tactic that's also illegal, in a way that publicly pissed off several public officials as well as Putin himself. So, maybe it goes away with time as the outflow of men of age decreases to certain destinations.

kleinbl00  ·  68 days ago  ·  link  ·  
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goobster  ·  68 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    I think Putin's endgame is to get as many ruffians and inferior races killed in Ukraine as he can such that he can ride out a much-diminished Russia for as long as he has left, at which point the chaos that's left isn't his problem.

AKA - The Slobodan Milosevic game plan for Yugoslavia.

kleinbl00  ·  68 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Which, as Milosevic demonstrated, only works with nukes.

goobster  ·  70 days ago  ·  link  ·  

At least you can dive into work, and start being productive. All the waiting and idling must be torture. With work to do, you can distract yourself from the world outside your door for a bit of time.

Here's hoping the Visa arrives immediately.

ThatFanficGuy  ·  70 days ago  ·  link  ·  

My thoughts exactly, on both accounts.

Doing nothing sounds nice. It isn't. Not when it's against your will, that is.

Work, when done purposefully, is not draining.

Thank you for coming to my TED talk.