He fled Russia’s draft, now he’s stranded in a South Korean airport

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(Reuters) – For two months now, 23-year-old Russian Vladimir Maraktayev has been living in an airport departure lounge. On Sept. 24, having received draft papers calling him up for military service in Ukraine during Russia’s “partial mobilisation”, the linguistics student left home in the Siberian city of Ulan-Ude and fled over the border into neighbouring Mongolia. After travelling on to the Philippines, he flew to South Korea on Nov. 12, hoping to receive refugee status in what he considered one of Asia’s most stable democracies. He applied for refugee status upon arrival, but South Korean a…

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