A Russian citizen can be subject to temporary restrictions on leaving Russia. These restrictions can be only temporary. “Lifetime restrictions” (which existed under the Soviet Union) are currently not allowed. The length of temporary restrictions depends on the grounds:

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  • A citizen provided false information in his or her application for travel documents (a foreign passport) for travel outside Russia. In this case, restrictions may be imposed for up to one (1) month. The subsequent decision to lift or extend the restrictions will be based on the results of investigation/checks
  • A citizen attempts to avoid court-imposed obligations. Please note that, for example, in case of unpaid child support, the court decision on the matter does not constitute a ban on leaving the country. The decision to impose this restriction is made by a court bailiff, who would make a ruling to that effect. It is imposed for no more than six (6) months and is subsequently either lifted or extended by bailiff’s new decision. After the child support arrears are repaid, or an agreement has been reached on the arrears repayment schedule, the restriction may be lifted. Please note that removal of restrictions is not enough to enable the Russian citizen to travel outside Russia again. The information of restrictions removal must be entered in the Russian Border Guards Service database
  • A citizen is called up for military or alternative civil service. A restriction is imposed until the end of the term of service
  • A citizen is accused or a suspect under investigation. Restrictions on leaving the country are imposed until a determination is made in the case or until the court sentence comes into effect
  • A citizen is convicted of a crime. The restrictions remain in effect until the sentence is served or until the convict is released from serving his or her sentence
  • A citizen who has clearance giving him or her access to extraordinarily important or top secret information classified as a state secret. The restrictions cannot be imposed for more than five (5) years except where the Inter-agency Committee for Protection of State Secrets may increase the duration of the restriction to 10 years


A “first wave” of artists, journalists and others openly opposed to Putin’s regime felt they had to leave the country immediately or risk political persecution for violating the Kremlin’s clampdown on public dissent.

“A lot of people got notices saying that they were traitors,” said Jeanne Batalova, senior policy analyst at the Migration Policy Institute, noting the backlash suffered by some Russians — even from neighbors.

But as the war rages on, more Russians are deciding to pack up and leave.

“The way migration works is that once the flow begins and people start finding out how to do things — get a flat, apply for asylum, find a job or start a business — that prompts more people to leave. It becomes a self-fulfilling cycle,” Batalova said.

An exodus in the hundreds of thousands

There is no concrete data on the number of Russians who have left the country since the start of the war. However, one Russian economist put the total at 200,000 as of mid-March.

leave. Many got letters from clients who said they would terminate their contracts if they did not leave Russia.”

The well-educated and the wealthy

The tech sector is one among several professional services industries that have seen an exodus of talent from Russia’s larger cities, as people reject the war and worsening business conditions.

Scott Antel, an international hospitality and franchise lawyer who spent almost two decades working in Moscow, has so far this year helped five friends relocate from Russia to Dubai, in several cases purchasing properties for them, sight unseen, to expedite the move.

“You’re seeing a massive brain drain,” said Antel, whose departing friends span the legal and consulting professions, as well as hospitality and real estate. “The disruption for talented people is enormous and is going to be even more so.”

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Around 15,000 millionaires are expected to leave Russia this year, adding to the increasing number of people migrating away amid President Putin’s war.

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