July 01, 2003

A Russian Sorrow



kirill andreyev, 19, was prodded awake one may morning in Moscow by the barrel of a Kalashnikov machine gun. Opening his eyes, he saw two men in police uniform grinning down at him.

“Get up. You’re coming with us,” one of them said.

Kirill was not allowed to rinse his face or even grab a bite to eat before being whisked away in a police jeep, his mother, Irina, said, her eyes wet with tears.


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