Vlad Kolesnikov, a 17-year-old student of the Russian city of Podolsk, refused to serve in the Russian army and turned on the anthem of Ukraine right in the military commissariat, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to Radio Svoboda.
"I have poor eyesight, so I'm not suitable for military service. I undertook medical examination, and here I am in the military commissariat: there is U-shaped table, and there are people who evaluate. I have the anthem of Ukraine recorded in my cell phone. I don't like Russian anthem, because I think it's lying … and before entering I decided to turn on the anthem of Ukraine, because I do not support the army in general, and for me it's shameful to serve. So I turn on the anthem of Ukraine and say, "Guys, I'm not going to fight in the army."
He said that his action was followed by "incredible" reaction of the commission. Some members of the commission were in shock and began to shout: "What are you doing? Do you realize where you are?"
"After a while, a man comes running, takes me to another room, puts two acts in front of me. One says I have eyesight problems, and it is true, and the other one says: personality disorder and something else. In a nutshell, in the military commissariat I appeared to be crazy because I came in with the anthem of Ukraine and expressed my opinion. And this was a decisive point. When I had this act in front of me, I realized that I would not stand this anymore: I just came in, and I was immediately a nut-case," he said.
Kolesnikov also told how he had organized protests in Podolsk. For example, with a friend he hung out anti-war poster on one of the roofs of the city. However, it hung just a few hours. Also, the guy went to school in a T-shirt with Ukrainian flag embroidered on it, and as a result, was beaten by his classmates.
Vlad's grandfather did not share the opinion of his grandson, so he sent him to his father in Zhigulevsk, Russia.
"All democrats in Russia were sent into exile. So I feel like I'm in exile. Many people advise me to go to Kyiv. But it is an extreme option. If someone thinks that I will be silent, make a passport, go to Ukraine, and that it will be over, they are mistaken. Now I plan to return to Moscow and make a few protest pickets," said the young oppositionist.