Russia started the war in Ukraine by annexation of Crimea in 2014. Russia then escalated the war on February 2022 by a full invasion to Ukraine territory.

One of the side-effects of this catastrophy is a communicational embargo between the Russian anti-war (and pro-democratic) society and the rest of the world. We want to fix this by starting a dialogue.

Send us your questions to the Russian-speaking community. Difficult questions first. We will answer them either through social research, short interviews with the major figures in Russian opposition or well-sourced long reads.

We collect the questions on our Instagram page. Soon we will also open the option to ask the questions (or vote for them) on our website.

Yes, as we believe that there are no wrong questions in a true dialogue.

If the question does not already have an answer, you can give your vote to it (we answer the questions with highest amount of votes) - either by "liking it" on Instagram or choosing it on our website (whenever we launch this option).

At times people ask a question that has already been asked (and not answered yet). In such case we merge the votes for both questions. On the page of the article we show all the "variants" of the question in their original form.

We will answer the question with the highest number of votes (from our social networks and our website combined).

We analyze each question (and its variants) and choose the proper format for the answer. It can be:

  • a social reasearch conducted in oppositional social media channels
  • collection of short interviews with the professionals on given topic
  • well-researched long-read from our writers

... or combination of all of the above.

Depends on the chosen form of the answer.

In case of social reasearch it is a selected group of people from Russian oppositional social media channels (at the moment it is around 500 people).

In case of the short interviews it is a diverse group of individuals having a deeper expertise on the given topic (either professional, personal or both).

In case of long-reads it is our team of writers.

We publish new content every month. That means that:

  1. On the first week of the month we select the question
  2. It takes about 2 weeks to gather the answers
  3. The last week of the month is dedicated to editing
  4. Next week we publish

To increase the quality of the dialogue, we would like to increase the frequency of the answers in the future. You can help us with that either by joining our team or donating money.

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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.

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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.