Since Russia’s annexation of the Crimea three years ago and the ensuing conflict in eastern Ukraine Anti-Russian sentiments, combined with the fear of a Russian invasion, are growing in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. This is contibuting to a sharp rise in volunteers joining paramilitary groups such as the Riflemen Union, the National Guard and the Estonian Defence League. With nearly half the Riflemen’s Union members under the age of 18, the Union’s free summer youth camps familiarize also thousands of Lithuania’s youth with military values, tactics, weapons and patriotism, and the same happens with the Latvian Youth Guards and the Estonian Young Eagles groups, where youngsters under 17 are taught how to use weapons properly, as well as military tactics and patriotic lessons. And the same happens in Latvia and Estonia. All this with two objectives: to defend the country from a hypothetical Russian invasion and raise a new generation of patriots.
Italian documentary photographer, my works have been published on media outlets worldwide as well as in art galleries and exhibitions