Russian militant who came to ‘fight Nazis’ captured & released: “I received a big lesson in kindness and humanity”

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2014/08/16 • War in the Donbas

Recently the members of the Dnipro Battalion captured seven men who reportedly were aiding terrorists. The men were caught in the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) zone near Debaltsevo. Among them was Nikolay Popov, a citizen of Russia.

His captors brought him to Dnipropetrovsk and there released him into the custody of his mother. Popov, an industrial alpinist, pottery and rowing enthusiast from Irkutsk, has fallen victim to Russian propaganda machine.

He had sincerely believed that fascists threatened the lives of common people of the Donbas, and this belief led him to enlist with Russian militants to ‘protect’ the victims of imaginary fascists.

To enlist he went to Voronezh, and from there he and other Russians like him entered Ukraine illegally, without passing through border control checkpoints. After his capture and investigation he was found not guilty of killings and released.

Popov did not tell his family where he was going. According to TSN news agency, his mother reported him missing and had been trying to locate him. She learned of his whereabouts when he called her from Dnipropetrovsk and asked her for money to return home.

“I received a big lesson in kindness and humanity,” Popov said.

Translated by Anna Palagina, edited by Mat Babiak
Source: Unian

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  • Milton Devonair

    Going to be interesting if anyone could hear from him after he goes back to the corrupt cesspool called ‘russia’. If he talks about what’s really going on in Ukraine, don’t know which is the better bet, him being murdered or him being sent to prison, the modern gulag system.

    • LorCanada

      Send Putin to the Gulag!

  • LorCanada

    This story of awakening from brainwashing reminds me of an earlier example of a protester questioning the propaganda:
    Resident of Donetsk to the separatist leader Gubaryov (a Nazi of the “Russian National Unity”):
    Mr. Gubaryov, allow me a question. I’m real Donezkerin, lived here 60 years. Maybe now I can not live here anymore after this question … I want to ask you a question: With whom I have spoken, relatives, neighbors, nobody has insulted us. I spoke Russian here your whole life. Nobody ever followed, I worked … Do you understand? I do not see this “fascists”, “Bandera-trailer”, “nationalists”. Where are they? Show me one who has suffered here in peacetime under “Bandera supporters” or the “rights industry”! To whom will you please defend us? Our main concern here is poverty, you shall defend us from poverty, not before “fascists”! ”
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