Russian independent news site Medusa seeks funds during invasion of Ukraine

Russia recently blocked access to the Medusa website where Putin signed a law threatening journalists with up to 15 years in prison for using words like “war” and “invasion” to describe Moscow’s actions in Ukraine. The former Soviet power also banned Facebook and Twitter, making it more difficult for Russians to access non-state-sponsored information about the war.

But despite the Kremlin’s attempts to censor Medusa, the news site’s mobile app is currently still available in Russia.

Leon Fraser, publisher of the publicly funded German news outlet Krautreporter, which is helping Meduza with its campaign, said.

For Fraser, supporting the Latvian-based newsroom appears to be the least it can do to ensure that the Russian people, many of whom oppose Putin’s invasion and have publicly protested the war at great risk to themselves, have access to reliable information.

“I also care about making sure that there is a way forward for Russia and that there is a chance that one day democracy will see the light of day again,” he said. “This is very important to us as Europeans.”

“I think there has to be an opposite force to what the Kremlin is doing now, and Medusa has a good chance of that,” Fraser added.

HuffPost reporter Ryan Grenoble contributed to this report.

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