July 28th 2022. Kerch, Russian-occupied Crimea. Artyom (topless, 19) and Andrei (21) at the skate park in Kerch by the Sea of Azov at the Southen tip of the Crimean peninsula.
Artyom recently left a factory job and is now unemployed. Andrei did 2 years as a sailor and finished military service in the Russian army less than one year ago. According to him, the military attempted to make him sign a contract and threatened to keep him even though he didn't agree. In the end, he managed to go back to civilian life otherwise he would probably be fighting in Ukraine at the time these photos were taken. Wishing to resume his sailor career, Andrei mentioned the current difficulties for Russian seamen to find employment in international shipping companies.