Alan Badoev says that among his relatives there are “people who are not pro-Ukrainian”
Director Alan Badoev, who has been actively promoting anti-war slogans since the beginning of Russian aggression, spoke in an interview with Vogue about his numerous relatives who live in the occupied Gorlovka, Donetsk region. Since 2014, it has been occupied by the Russians. Alana's aunt and nephew live in Gorlovka today, about whom he speaks with great love. Alana's cousin went to work in Moscow.
“We communicate with them bypassing sharp corners – although now it is almost impossible. Unfortunately, there are people there who are not pro-Ukrainian – let's say, victims of propaganda. But I root for them, I'm afraid – in any case. I often told my relatives: come to Kyiv, but they are not ready to move. And this is a huge problem and I don't know how to help it. Battalions of Russian soldiers are standing there,” says Badoev.
Alan recalls his native city with sadness – he admits that he always felt like a black sheep and wanted to leave for Kyiv. “Not because there are bad people – in no case, I had many friends, I had magnificent teachers, a wonderful class teacher Olga Stepanovna. But I could not stand the atmosphere of the city – I was a black sheep in Gorlovka, I was stuffy. All the time it seemed that somewhere around beautiful cities, incredible architecture, and I miss it all.
Like many Ukrainians, from the very beginning of the full-scale invasion, Alan was looking for what cause he could serve the country. He joined a group of familiar volunteers, worked in the kitchen. Then he began to use his own Instagram to promote the activities of volunteers he knew – he wrote touching essays about them so that as many subscribers as possible would recognize these people and help them with donations. I left Kyiv for Lviv for a short time, but quickly realized that I should be at home. To be less worried, I walked around Kyiv for hours – watched the city, supported those who remained in the capital.
“I have such a feature – when I experience stress I am taking care of him. I need to dissolve in the flow, in the air. Plus, I wanted to feel my city, see how it has changed. So it was both a moment of observation of Kyiv, and a need to just “get out” of stress. There were few people, but everyone was very different – someone with a sad smile, someone completely inconsolable, and someone, on the contrary, was ready to communicate. We talked, hugged strangers. Therefore, I sincerely advise everyone: do not sit out your problems, you need to go outside, communicate, distract attention and spin this funnel in the opposite direction.