Flight, not Fight

PHOTO PROMPT © Alicia Jamtaas

Vasily put his bike back in its usual place, his expression one of sadness.  He would never ride it again.  Tonight, he was leaving Novosibirsk for Istanbul. He didn’t want to be forced to fight a war he didn’t believe in or to die for Putin.

In St. Petersburg, police officers beat protesters with batons as they broke up crowds. Many were arrested for chanting, “Let our children live!” and “Send Putin to the trenches!”

Shortly after Vasily left Moscow, protesters were being drafted directly into Russia’s military and those who refused the draft faced a 15 year jail sentence.

100 Words

This story is fiction but was inspired by real events.

This post is for the Friday’s Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. You can find this week’s prompt here. To read other stories or to participate, click here.

Sources: CNN; The Washington Post

13 Replies to “Flight, not Fight”

    1. It boggles the mind that one person can wreak such havoc. We saw it in the second world war with Hitler. I still can’t get over how he had so much power over so many. As for Putin, I think the people should let things play out than take matters in their own hands. Sooner or later, Putin will fall.

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