Volya Hub

What is Volya Hub?

Volya Hub is a network of content creators, storytellers, and journalists who are expanding global awareness about Russian colonialism. We do it in innovative formats and the indigenous languages of the people affected by it. We empower engaging, impactful, and creative storytelling that reclaims historical narratives, serves historical justice, and educates the public about the impact of Russian colonial and imperial supremacy. We are making Russian colonialism awareness trending.

Founded in October 2022, it unites partners from Eastern and Central Europe, Baltic states and Central Asia. Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine has brought global attention to the long history of Russian military and political meddling with the neighboring countries and indigenous nations. Nevertheless, the context and the reasons behind it remain largely misunderstood or continue to be perceived through Moscow-enforced lenses.

Russia has spent and is continuing to spend enormous resources to rewrite, erase or hijack historical facts and manufacture disinformation about the history of the Russian military, economic and political imprint. This distorts international conversation. But it also has a toxic impact on public debates in former colonies and currently colonized communities. Such indigenous voices have suffered centuries of intellectual, cultural, and identity erasure. They need support to reclaim their own narratives and make their truths louder.

Volya Hub builds up on the success of a volunteer public awareness campaign #RussianColonialism, launched by Ukrainian journalist Maksym Eristavi and later joined and supported by an informal network of journalists and content creators internationally. It is implemented in partnership with a leading Ukrainian independent newsroom Zaborona. Volya Hub also exists under the umbrella of the volunteer #UkrainianSpaces initiative that amplifies indigenous storytelling from the communities affected by modern-day colonialism.

What do we do?

We empower storytelling, we craft impactful audience engagement, and we build up an international coalition of journalists and content creators from the nations previously or currently colonized by Russia. Our goal is to expand public awareness about the Russian colonialism crimes in indigenous languages.

Who can join Volya Hub?

Independent journalists and grassroots content creators coming from the communities affected by the Russian colonialism and doing innovative and impactful storytelling in local languages. Ukraine, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Poland, Czechia, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Moldova, Bulgaria, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan.

Who is funding Volya Hub?

This project is implemented in partnership with the National Endowment for Democracy (The Unites States of America).

I want to become part of this. What’s next?

Please reach out team.eristavi @ gmail.com

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