We are a small non-profit media organisation talking about current problems of Russia in an accessible language for Europeans. Our small team of volunteers, comprised mostly by people of Russia, is scattered across the world.

  1. We publish long-reads about current Russian regime in Russia Explained.
  2. We share personal stories of people standing against the war and for democracy, in People of Russia.
  3. We believe in a dialogue. Pose any question you have in Ask a Russian channel.
  4. We show events that led to this in section Russia after USSR.

We used to be called Not My War.

Part of our core team on Brave New Media Forum in Belgrade

Why are we doing this

The war was started by Russia, almost 10 years ago, and ended up in a massive intervention on the 24th of February, 2022. There are no grey areas: Russia is to blame.

However, putting blame does not resolve the question of responsibility:

  • what should have been done to prevent it?
  • what should or rather can be done now?

We look for no easy answers, nor do we want to fool our readers with simple solutions. The more opinions and views we gather, the better.

Suppose you’re from Europe. There’s a big psychotic neighbour with nuclear weapons right over the garden wall. Having terrorised his own family, he already crossed the line and started a war with another neigbour. Would a wall help? Or is it time to call social services to throw him away? Let’s first understand what this neighbour is.

Suppose you’re this neighbouring family. You know that it’s only one member of the family who’s done all the bad. Yet, you’re traumatised. Yet, you like your neighbours around you. But what do they know about you and how can they trust you?

We want to create a safe space where the dialogue between neighbours can happen. We want to know what exactly concerns people around Russia and give the voice to those who do not want to be isolated.

Regardless of how and on what terms Russia loses this war, it’s already time to think about its future:

  • Should the country collapse? Should there be different states instead of this single one?
  • Can it be saved within the current borders? If so, what are they now?

Through stories of real people and analysing the current context, we want to see all the possible options.

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Our media platform would not exist without an international team of volunteers. Do you want to become one? Here's the list of currently opened positions:

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We talk about the current problems of Russia and of its people, standing against the war and for democracy. We strive to make our content as accessible as possible to the European audience.

Do you want to cooperate on content made by the Russian standing against the war?

  • Our team of writers, journalists and researchers will be happy to cooperate with you on new content.
  • As our content is under creative commons, we are able to allow you to publish it on your platform (with attribution).
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We want to make people of Russia, who stand for peace and democracy, heard. We publish their stories and interview them in Ask a Russian project.

Are you a person of Russia or know someone who would like to share their story? Please contact us. Your experience will help people understand how Russia works.

We can publish your experience anonymously.

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Our project is ran by international volunteers - not a single member of the team is paid in any way. The project, however, has running costs: hosting, domains, subscription to paid online services (such as Midjourney or Fillout.com) and advertising.

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Our stand on the Russian invasion to Ukraine

Russia started the war against Ukraine. This war is happening from 2014. It has only intensified on February 24th 2022. Milions of Ukrainians are suffering. The perpetrators of this must be brought to justice for their crimes.

Russian regime tries to silence its liberal voices. Russian people against the war exist - and the Russian regime tries its best to silence them. We want to prevent that and make their voices heard.

Connection is crucial. The Russian liberal initiatives are hard to read for European public at times. The legal, social and historical context of Russia is not always clear. We want to share information, build bridges and connect the liberal Russia with The West.

We believe in dialogue, not isolation. The oppositional powers in Russia will not be able to change anything without the support of the democratic world. We also believe that the dialogue should go both ways.

The choice is yours. We understand the anger for the Russian crimes. It is up to you whether you want to listen to the Russian people standing against this.