A young man from a lesser-known but wealthy family, currently studying at the architectural college in Svitansk. Leonid got into some trouble recently: after running up gambling debts in excess of his ability to mooch off of his family to pay, unsavory characters demanded his help in a plot to kidnap another student, Viktoriya Sheremetev. Instead, Leonid cooperated with the bodyguard his family had sent in lieu of money – Lesya Solomina – who, along with her new friends and with help from the school’s dean, Kulachok, subdued the thugs long enough for the guard to arrive and arrest them.
Leonid isn’t happy about what happened. He dislikes Lesya, resenting her interference; he is in trouble with the dean; and he’s sweet on Viktoriya, who does not feel the same about him.