How Vlad Kolesnikov was driven to his death in Putin’s Russia

RFE/RL reporter Claire Bigg tells the story of Russian teen Vlad Kolesnikov whose life unraveled after he wore a shirt to school with a Ukrainian flag and the words “Return Crimea.” Kolesnikov, 18, committed suicide on or shortly following Christmas. RFE/RL publishes his final text messages to Bigg, and the reporter weighs in on the gang mentality that permeates Putin’s Russia.


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