Posted on December 9, 2022 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

A Russian soldier who found refuge in France — and catharsis in telling the true story behind his country's attack on Kherson, Ukraine — has changed his story somewhat.

Pavel Filatyev caught the world's attention with a 141-page-long blog post, which set him up for help fleeing to France and in selling a memoir for €300,000 (about $317,000).

Money related to his book was supposed to go to foundations helping Ukrainians; instead, he's suing the man who helped get him to France and demanding that he receive all the proceeds.

Worse yet, Filatyev had, as recently as August (after, it must be noted, he shared his original blog post), expressed support for Russian airborne troops.

You can read more about Filatyev's about-face from Mariya Dekhtyaruk on Twitter or on Literary Hub, which brought Dekhtyaruk's work to our attention.

Dekhtyaruk is calling for Filatyev's book deal to be canceled. 

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