The #CallRussia initiative will bypass Vladimir Putin’s propaganda and information blackouts, activating the Russian diaspora around the world to provide Russians inside the country with facts about Putin’s brutal and illegal assault on Ukraine.
A global network of professionals in technology, advertising and communications compiled the #CallRussia project’s database of 40 million Russian phone numbers and coded a technology platform which will generate phone numbers and provide non-confrontational conversation guidelines to Russian-speaking volunteer callers. The initiative rolled out from Vilnius, Lithuania.
#CallRussia says it now needs Russian speakers around the world to join the effort to counter Putin’s propaganda and break his accelerating information blockade, one phone call at a time.
“While Vladimir Putin rains horror on Ukraine and blacks out information sources that could reveals his lies, #CallRussia will personally connect Russians abroad with Russians inside Russia for the most important conversations of their lifetimes,” said one of #CallRussia’s organizers Paulius Senūta, a creative from Vilnius.
“One conversation cannot overcome Putin’s evil propaganda, but 40 million might. Russians empowered with truth and compassion are the only ones who can stand up against Putin’s lies and end this war.”
The campaign’s website www.CallRussia.org will assign individual numbers to each volunteer, provide peaceful and non-confrontational guidelines for conversation designed to combat Russian disinformation.
“#CallRussia 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 killing,” added Senūta.
“Putin lies to Russians about where their sons are being sent to die and about the atrocities being committed in their names. #CallRussia is an information service that will bypass Putin’s propaganda machine and deliver verifiable facts that empower decent Russians to stand up and forge a path for peace. The world is counting on them.”