Andrei Danilov: “I cannot return to Russia for 25 years”

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When Russia carried out the mobilization of soldiers in the autumn, men were forcibly recruited in areas mainly populated by minorities – including the Sami.

The mobilization led to many fleeing the country. But long before that, already after the start of the war last spring, Sami activist Andrei Danilov fled to Norway.

– It was a difficult decision that I had thought about for a long time, but it was necessary to save my life. There had already been several attempts to silence me. To stop telling the truth about what is happening in Russia and to stop fighting for the rights of the Sami, he says.

He is now afraid that he will never be able to return to his homeland.

See more in the clip above and in the weekly program 15 minutes from Sápmi on SVT2 on Saturday at 16:05.