Call Russia will connect Russians abroad with Russians inside Russia for the most important conversations of their lives.
A Lithuanian-led digital information campaign has been launched to connect Russian diaspora volunteers to up to 40 million phone numbers in Russia in a bid to help end the war in Ukraine.
The initiative, Call Russia, aims to circumvent Vladimir Putin’s propaganda and information blackouts, by activating the Russian diaspora around the world to provide Russians inside the country with facts about the brutal and unlawful aggression against Ukraine.
A global network of technology, advertising and communications professionals has compiled the project’s database of 40 million Russian phone numbers and coded a technology platform that will generate phone numbers and provide conversation guidelines non-confrontational to Russian-speaking volunteer callers.
The initiative originated from Vilnius, Lithuania.
“As Vladimir Putin rains horror on Ukraine and hides sources of information who might reveal his lies, Call Russia will personally connect Russians abroad with Russians inside Russia to the most important conversations of their lives,” said one of the organizers, Paulius Senūta, a creative from Vilnius.
Russian speakers wanted
Call Russia says now is the time for Russian speakers everywhere to join the effort to counter Putin’s propaganda and break his accelerating information blockade, one phone call at a time.
“One conversation can’t beat Putin’s bad propaganda, but 40 million could. Russians with truth and compassion are the only ones who can challenge Putin’s lies and end this war.
The campaign website, CallRussia.org, will assign individual numbers to each volunteer, provide peaceful, non-confrontational guidelines for conversation designed to counter Russian disinformation.
“Call Russia will be the biggest and most important decentralized phone bank in history, because we believe only Russians can stop Vladimir Putin now. Only the truth can stop the slaughter,” Senūta adds.
“Putin lies to the Russians about where their sons are sent to die and the atrocities committed in their name. Call Russia is a news service that will bypass Putin’s propaganda machine and provide verifiable facts that will empower honest Russians to rise up and chart a path to peace. The world is counting on them.
Technology plays its part
This initiative is the latest initiative from the technology and creative sector of emerging Europe to support Ukraine in its fight against the Russian invasion.
Ukraine itself is assembling a cyber army of volunteers, known as the IT army, to defend the country’s critical networks and fight back against Russia.
Kiev-based wireless security company Ajax Systems has meanwhile launched Air Alert, an app that instantly notifies citizens of civil defense alerts.
The mobile app generates a loud critical alert warning of an impending airstrike, chemical attack or technological disaster.
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