May 24, 2022

A Turkish layover for Russia’s brain drain


Turkey has become a popular pit stop for young Russians hoping to escape their government since the invasion of Ukraine. Not only are the oligarchs docking their yachts on Turkey’s coasts, but an army of young people is also making its way to Turkish shores.

With most flights from Russia to Europe canceled, Istanbul International Airport has become the easiest destination for Russians to flee to. So far, Turkey is admitting Russian passport holders with no restrictions, just like before the war. Russians can stay in Turkey without a visa for up to 90 days. 

This immigration leniency has made Turkey the perfect respite for those who harbor anti-war sentiments and disagree with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s policies. Many of Russia’s highly skilled professionals, writers, artists and performers are taking temporary refuge in Turkey to plan what comes next.