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Tue Mar 15, 2022, 12:10 PM

Why people around the world are phoning Russians to fight propaganda about Ukraine

A group of Lithuanians launched the Call Russia project, which has logged more than 81K calls so far

Paulius Senuta says the idea of getting thousands of volunteers to call Russians and tell them what's happening in Ukraine is based on a very simple premise.

"I fundamentally believe that most people agree that killing other people is not good," the Vilnius, Lithuania, man told As It Happens guest host Gillian Findlay. "That is a game changer to swing the sentiment, we think, of most people."

That's why Senuta alongside a network of IT, advertising and communications professionals in Lithuania has launched the Call Russia project, encouraging Russian speakers around the world to dial a random Russian resident in an effort to counter the state narrative about the invasion of Ukraine.


The project has published a database of 40 million numbers of Russian individuals and a guide on what to say during a conversation. Senuta says volunteers have already logged some 81,000 calls over the last six days.

"This thing we are trying to do is convey information and the human tragedy that is in the Ukraine."



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