How to keep fighting when you've lost your freedom

«Why don’t Russians protest?»

We might not see millions in the streets, but the resistance is there — protesting, picketing and making their voices heard on social media despite risking their freedom.
But who are they, and are they fighting a lost battle with the Russian authorities?
Together with activists, journalists, artists, and people who can’t keep silent we’ll discuss why keep fighting and why there’s still hope.
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This podcast is produced by Paper Media — an independent media from St Petersburg.
We’ve been reporting on the Russian-Ukrainian war since the day it started. As a result, our website was blocked by the Russian government, and the advertisers are afraid to continue working with us — so we lost our main source of income.

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