It's not my choise
The Russian passport today carries a negative connotation, but it does not answer the questions of the attitude of their owner towards the war in Ukraine and the authorities of the Russian Federation. All the situations are different but the passport is the same. The war unleashed by Russia in Ukraine forced many citizens of the Russian Federation to leave their country. Most of them had to change their lives radically due to the understanding of the responsibility for the current situation.
Mariyka 35 y.o.
Mariyka and her father, founder of the Ukrainian diaspora in Russia, are evacuating Ukrainians trapped in Russia. She left after the war broke out in Ukraine, as she was ethically unable to stay in a country that is destroying part of her Ukrainian identity and the homes of her friends.
Philipp, 24 y.o.
Philipp was born and raised in Kerch, Crimea, Ukraine. He left after the war broke out in Ukraine. He’s in a difficult situation: he is Ukrainian, but has a Russian passport because in 2014 when Russia occupied the region, he was a child and did not possess a Ukrainian passport. Because of this fact, he was not allowed into Georgia.
People who left Russia, after the mobilization started. They had to live in a shelter.
Vasilisa, 24 y.o.
Vasilisa is the founder and coordinator of the «Ethos» project helping out Ukraine. In the past she used to organize «Prostranstvo Politika» discussion spaces (eng. «Space of Politics»). Vasilisa left Russia on March 4th and shortly after ended up in Armenia. Here she felt the lack of organization that could help people suffering from war and their relatives. Thanks to people who wanted to help and her past experience Vasilisa managed to create a new project — «Ethos». She is engaged in humanitarian assistance, including support for anti-war rhetoric.
Vitya, 37 y.o., Yulia, 35, Zoya, 13, Asa, 11, Frosya, 7, Agusha, 5, Tonya, 2, and Pip the dog is 3.
Vitya and Yulia are the parents of five girls and the founders of the «Democratic School» in Moscow. The school does not divide people into adults and children, everyone participates in the adoption of rules based on their own interests and respect for each other. With the outbreak of war in Ukraine, the family was forced to leave Russia along with their 5 children and their dog, as the sense of democracy remained only within the school.
Alyona, 35 y.o.
Alyona was repeatedly detained at opposition rallies. In 2020, the court blocked her bank accounts because her sister was helping her with money from the United States, which was perceived as foreign funding. In March 2022, Alyona was detained at an anti-war protest. A criminal case was soon opened against her friend under the article «Vandalism». Alyona was a witness in this case, as is often the case in Russia. Police regularly came to her home and monitored her — from that point on she decided to leave the country. In December 2022, after Alyona had already left, the court ordered her to be banned from leaving the country — apparently, so she wouldn’t be able to go back.
Daniel, 19 y.o., Maya, 26, and Anya, 29.
Maya and Daniel are brother and sister, Maya and Anya are in a relationship. Daniil and Maya's mother has been working at the military enlistment office in Armavir, Russia for 12 years. She wanted to send her son to serve in Siberia, so that, in her words, «a man would grow up.» Their mother believes that she lost her daughter a long time ago, since she is a lesbian. After the outbreak of the war in Ukraine, Danila left home because of the threat of being sent to the war front. Together with Masha and Anya, they left the country — their mother said they were traitors to the motherland.
Self-portrait. Egor Kirillov. 28 y.o.
In 2013, when Egor was 18 years old, he was recruited by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation and sent to the university for budgetary tuition. In 2018, after graduation, Egor felt out of place, but he was contractually obliged to work for 5 years. In 2022, after the outbreak of war in Ukraine, he resigned, paid compensation to the Russian Interior Ministry, and left Russia.