According to Bogdan Ermokhin, at a Russian technical school his peers called him a “Khokhol” and told him to “go back.” He also noted that the Children’s Ombudsman of the Russian Federation, Maria Lvova-Belova, was “very angry” because of his decision to return to Ukraine.
Bogdan Ermokhin, who along with other minors was deported from occupied Mariupol to the territory of the Russian Federation, returned to Ukraine. The young man spoke about how the Russians treated him in an interview with Radio Liberty.
As journalists note, Bogdan tried several times to escape to Ukraine, but the attempts were unsuccessful. In addition, in the Russian Federation he was given a summons to the military registration and enlistment office. After appeals to the Ukrainian authorities and personally to President Vladimir Zelensky, on the day of his coming of age, the guy still managed to return home.
After the start of a full-scale war, Bogdan remained in Mariupol for about three months. Then the occupiers took him to the Russian Federation.
“They didn’t ask us much, we didn’t have documents, that is, we didn’t have much of a choice. We were presented with a fact: “You’re going,” and that’s it,” the guy recalls.
In Russia, Bogdan studied at a technical school to become an auto mechanic. According to him, his fellow students treated him badly – they called him a “Khokhol” and told him to “go back.” The guy also noted that in the Russian Federation they were shown a lot of propaganda videos, in particular they were told that in Ukraine they allegedly donate children for organs.
According to Bogdan, in the Russian Federation he had an “internal struggle with himself,” as the Russians were pitting him against his native country.
“On the one hand, you understand that you need to speak, but on the other, you understand that you can’t say that. Your homeland is different, and they are waiting for you at home,” he explained.
The young man mentioned that the Children’s Ombudsman of the Russian Federation, Maria Lvova-Belova, was “very angry” because of his attempts to escape and his desire to return to Ukraine. At the same time, the guy’s Russian guardian, Irina Rudnitskaya, supported his decision.
Speaking about plans, Bogdan said that he wants to open a charitable foundation to help with the return of Ukrainian children.
Let us remind you that on November 9, 17-year-old orphan Bogdan Ermokhin appealed to the President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky with a request to help him return home. Before that, he was detained by the Russian special services while trying to leave Russia through Belarus, and Russian propagandists then put out a story that he did not want to return to his homeland.
Earlier, on November 7, it became known that Bogdan Ermokhin was issued a summons to the army of the Russian Federation. In addition, he was summoned to the Presidential Commissioner for Children’s Rights, Maria Lvova-Belova, and forced to write a statement that he wanted to stay in the Russian Federation until he turned 18.