The Occupant

  • 24 min
  • Russian
  • English
Yuri Shalaev was born in 1998 in Murmansk. Graduated from the Moscow Higher Command School. With the rank of lieutenant, he was assigned to the 70th Guards Regiment in the city of Shali, the Chechen Republic. In early March, he entered the war in Ukraine with his military unit. A month later he was taken prisoner. Records from Shalaev's phone turned out to be at the disposal of the journalist of "Ukrainska Pravda" Mikhail Tkach. He edited the 24-minute film "Occupier" on their basis. The story of Shalaev can be traced from 10 months before the start of the war and graduation from the school up to the last shots in Ukraine, where the lieutenant arrived as part of the Russian troops.