A Russian army deserter apprehended after ten years. A man living incognito but more or less in the open all that time. Thanks to Freeper.
NOW potentially facing a seven year prison sentence.
"Dead man talking: conscript comes back to life after 10 years (Russia/Kamchatka)"
Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky about six-thousand miles [10,000 kilometers] east of Moscow bordering the Pacific Ocean. Not much more eastward and Leonid would be in Alaska!
"Leonid Durkin, 30, shows how easy it is to vanish while living near to people."
IDENTIFIED AS HAVING DIED AND HAVING A DEATH CERTIFICATE ISSUED IN HIS NAME BUT STILL WANTED ALL THAT TIME BY MILITARY POLICE! FINALLY CAUGHT!
"His death certificate was issued in 2005 after his father mistakenly identified a corpse as being him."
"All the time, he was living incognito in woodland close to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, capital of Kamchatsky region from where he fled the army. He built his own house, got jobs, drove a car, all the time living on the edge, avoiding the attention of the authorities."
Leonid after apprehension with shaved head and wearing military uniform. Back to duty!
I would not be so happy about things comrade. The Soviet era defector Suvorov speaks quite often of those convicted of criminal offenses major and minor while doing their military duty. Punishment of the harshest sort in a military prison or a penal battalion might still be the norm in the new Russian army? I cannot say with any authority.
As described by Suvorov those persons having served "time" in a Soviet military prison or penal battalion their demeanor well beyond ordinary:
"Suddenly, he appears - - quiet downtrodden, submissive. He talks to no one and carries out all orders or instructions uncomplainingly. It is impossible to get him to say a single world about where he has been or what he has seen. His answers are monosyllabic and expressionless - - 'Yes' and "No' seem to be the only words left in his vocabulary."
The new Russian army is gentler and kinder? Leonid shortly will know for sure!