He did not burn his passport, but he feels ashamed. “Today it’s better not to be Russian”
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I was 15 when Putin came to power, but by then I understood that it would be no good. Unfortunately, people in Russia are passive. They ignored the signals, admits Georgy Nurmanow, a Russian helping Ukrainians.
– This war broke out only because the Russians – for the last 22 years – have failed to stop Putin, a KGB colonel, says Georgy Nurmanov from the Russians for Ukraine Initiative and the founder of the For Free Russia association in “Polish-Non-Polish Talks”. Nurmanov is a Russian citizen and has been living in Poland for almost a decade. Reason? Opposition activity.
Although the end of the war in Ukraine is not in sight, he is convinced that we will see a new, better Russia after it. Without Putin and his people.
Jacek Tacik: Did you burn your passport?
Georgy Nurmanov: No, what for? I don’t have another one. And without the document, I could have problems here. Besides, burning passports is a gesture. Maybe important, but still a gesture that is not followed.
If you ask me if I am proud to have a Russian passport, I will answer without hesitation that no, and certainly not at this time. There is still fear, because today it is better not to be Russian.
I try to be responsible for myself. However, I am aware that there is also collective responsibility. And she will be. I hope we will be able to get out of its trap after the verdict at the International Military Tribunal in Nuremberg, when those responsible for the invasion of Ukraine answer for their actions.
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