8 December 2017: ‘Oleg’s Choice’ (CEES.cinema)

The Center for Central and Eastern European Studies (CEES) cordially invites you to the screening of the prize-winning documentary Oleg’s Choice (directed by Elena Volochine and James Keogh, in Russian with English subtitles), introduced by Dr. Henk Kern.

  • Date: Friday 8 December 2017
  • Time: 16:00
  • Venue: Humanities Faculty, Lipsius building 227 (Cleveringaplaats 1, 2311 BD Leiden)

The screening will be followed by discussion and drinks.


Starting in the summer of 2014, young Russians poured into the Donbas region of Eastern Ukraine. Driven by the propaganda on Russian television, they believed they were fulfilling their patriotic duty. Among them, Oleg was appointed battalion commander, while Max became a soldier. Told through their own words, their story is shattered on the night of June 3rd 2015, when Oleg leads his men to their death. The battle leaves the battalion in pieces, each one of them facing the consequences of their choices.
‘This film is not a story on Ukraine, but mostly on how one volunteers to wage a war that is not his’ (Valérie Montmartin).

Everyone is very welcome!