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What I Heard From Passengers on the Last Train Out of Russia

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For 31 days, after Vladimir Putin launched an unprovoked war against Ukraine, the train from St. Petersburg to Helsinki had been a slender escape route for disaffected and despairing Russians fleeing to the West.

I was there as passengers disembarked after the route’s final journey. Many of them described a Russian nation gripped by shock and disbelief, where sanctions were starting to upend daily life.

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