Hiding from Putin's mobilization calls, a young Russian man moved into the forest

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When Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a partial mobilization for Russian men in September, young Adam Kalinin (not a real name for security reasons) decided the best way to avoid such a call-up was to move into the woods.

A computer engineer who opposed the war from the beginning spent two weeks in jail for pasting a poster reading "No to the war" on the wall outside his apartment.

When the Russian government decided to mobilize 300 thousand soldiers, Kalinin did not want to risk and go to the front in Ukraine. But unlike other hundreds of thousands of Russians who decided to leave the country after such a call, young Adam did not want to leave Russia.


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He cited friends, financial costs and leaving everything he knows and loves as the three main reasons.

"Leaving would have been a step outside of my comfort zone," he tells "BBC". "It's not exactly the comfort zone that left me here, but the psychological aspect, it would be very difficult for me to leave."

He found another way to avoid the calls of the Russian army. One morning he said goodbye to his wife and headed to the forest, where he has been living for four months. He attached an antenna to a tree with which he gained access to the Internet, and uses solar panels for electricity.

The temperatures in these months in the forest have dropped to -11 degrees, and his wife often brings him food. In this way, as he said, the best option was to avoid mobilization. Unless the authorities grant the invitation directly to him, he cannot be forced to go to war.

"If they don't physically put the invitation in my hands and take me to their offices, then that's a 99% defense against mobilization," he told the British media.

Kalinin somehow continued to live his "ordinary life". He still does his job 8 hours a day, although it is partly difficult for him because it gets dark earlier in the winter.

As he told the BBC, many of his colleagues had left for Kazakhstan, but thanks to the antenna he was still in contact with them.

He on his channel on "Telegram"And on"YouTube” often gives new information about how he spends his time and what he does to cope with the cold in the forest.

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