The victor isn’t the smartest, the bravest, the most privileged — the victor is the most stubborn
I moved to the Czech Republic in 2013. There may be nothing special in my story, but thanks to that I am finally here.
I graduated from university in 2010 and after that I immediately plunged into adult life, and with it into harsh realities of my country. Three years before my departure, many laws violating human rights and freedom, were adopted in Russia that directly affected my life and the lives of my friends:
The “foreign agents” law, which essentially shuts down the mouth of all anti-Kremlin media, the “undesirable organisations” law, which is supposed to protect national security, but in fact endangered any organisations that protect human rights. But the final straw, when I realized that life in this country is simply unbearable, were two laws: “offense of peoples religious sentiments”, which contradicts the original definition of a secular state and violates the right to freedom of speech and any religion other than Orthodoxy (under the pretext of violating this law hundreds of cultural organizations and artists were closed and arrested), and the law on “propaganda of homosexuality”, which essentially discriminates a significant part of society and unties hands of all homophobes and haters. As a member of the LGBT community, dating a girl at that time, I fully felt the impact of this law.
I realised that in Russia I would never be able to live in peace, feel safe and, most importantly, not worry about my family.
It wasn't a relocation, it was an escape. I am happy that Czech Republic has become my home, for 8 years of living here, this country has given me more than my homeland
...do not give up and do not despair, do what you think is the right thing to do. Russia will definitely be free.
It is quite difficult to do something without expecting an immediate response and benefit. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't fight.
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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.