As all other networks in Europe, the EFPC has also condemned the terrible situation in Ukraine due to the violent acts of Russian army and government. For us, this results in flash-backs to the late nineties when Medecins Sans Frontieres in Chechnya tried to provide assistance to the many victims of those wars and it is hard to accept for us that the world allowed president Putin to go on with his large scale of human rights violations throughout the last two decades. One reason which allowed Putin to do this is presenting large scale misinformation and fake news to the Russian population. EFPC staff has lived for quite some years in Russia (Moscow, Makhachkala, Grozny) and so they know how badly informed Russian people are. They lack objective information and now with the closing of many more news agencies (Novaya Gazeta, Radio Liberty, Dozjd, Moscow Times, etc.) the situation is worsening every day.
In order to do something on counteracting this lack of information we would like to propose the following action: The EFPC secretariat is willing to prepare three times per week (Monday, Wednesday & Friday) a short newsletter with information related to health and the humanitarian situation in Ukraine and neighbouring countries, added with statements for peace from highly respected persons within the Russian society. All information will be presented in Russian language, translated by a professional translator employed by the EFPC.
We will share the newsletters with all professional networks in Europe and beyond with the request to share this with your Russian and Bela-Russian colleagues, in order to be a source for them on the situation in Ukraine, making them aware of the humanitarian tragedy taking place and fighting the des-information and fake news coming from Russian authorities