Shaun Pinner was a retired and decorated British soldier, living a peaceful and happy life in Mariupol with his Ukrainian family when, in 2022, he was captured and imprisoned in Russian-occupied Ukraine. After the horrors of frontline fighting, Shaun had to survive his removal to a Black Site – an off-the-grid prison untethered to human rights conventions – where he was subjected to a campaign of torture by Putin’s secret police. It saw him shocked with electricity, stabbed, beaten, and almost starved to death, all while trying to maintain his morale with the other POWs.
His book, LIVE. FIGHT. SURVIVE., will be published in September 2023.