On April 13, 2017 the Free Russia House was first presented in Kyiv.
The Free Russia Foundation patronages the project that declares itself as an alternative cultural and political embassy of Russian civil society in Ukraine.
The Free Russia House is an independent and open platform for the dialogue and research on modern Russia and its influence on the international community, about Russian and Ukrainian relations, the conflict in the Donbass and the annexation of Crimea. The House is a safe place for emigrants from Russia to Ukraine and asylees, a point of growth for a responsible Russian diaspora in Ukraine and Eastern Europe.
The Civil Council of the House includes representatives of the Russian diaspora, a number of Ukrainian public organizations and well-known journalists such as TV journalist Yevgeny Kiselev, political scientist Mikhail Savva, Head of the Crimea SOS Tamila Tasheva, journalist of Hromadske.ua publication Yekaterina Sergatskova, political analyst Andrei Kruglashov, Editor of The Odessa Review publication Vladislav Davidson and others.
With the opening of the Free Russia House, two of our existing Kyiv-based projects will move into it including the humanitarian information project Emigrussia.org and the project “Words of Freedom,” which facilitates sending letters to political prisoners in Russia.
In the last few years, a number of Russian dissidents’ projects has been created across Europe and North America following a significant surge of emigration of intellectuals who decided to leave Russia after the Kremlin’s crackdown on civil society and the beginning of the war in Ukraine. Boris Nemtsov Foundation for Freedom and its Forum in Berlin, Za Wolna Rosje association in Warsaw, The Kulturus festival in Prague, Russie-Libertes in Paris, Rusjos Dialogas in Vilnius and many others. It’s been already two years since we founded the Free Russia Foundation in Washington, DC, and now we have launched our sister project in Kyiv, Ukraine – in the country affected by the Kremlin’s hybrid war more than anyone else.
The Free Russia Foundation relies on your charitable gifts to be able to continue our programs and advocacy campaigns. To support our Ukraine-based initiative we need your help more than ever!