I know a genuine human voice when I hear one — 2: Ukrainians

What is Ukraine?

A vlog by a Ukrainian American and frankly soft propaganda, but interesting nonetheless.


Anna is an academic in Ukraine and of course also argues for her country and its cause, but certainly qualifies as an authentic human voice. Lately some of her experiences have been difficult.

See her interviewed by Vlad Vexler, the marvellous Russian-born Oxford-educated political philosopher in London.

One more from two weeks ago:

BTW in case you still think Anna is unfair to label Putin’s Russia as a terrorist state, consider the latest news!


Even in his normally rather peaceful countryside village, Pavlo and his family are feeling the effects of that policy.

Pavlo has appeared on my blog before:


I know a genuine human voice when I hear one — 1: Russians

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Here he talks with a fellow-exile.


Now in exile in Georgia, an experience he talks about in his latest vlog post.


Yes, he is still around and now after a time in various places including The Netherlands he appears to be back in Russia. What he does is dangerous. Hence one of my most visited posts recently: Has anything happened to Daniil?

Daniil’s vlogging assistant being questioned by police in Moscow earlier this year.

More to come — including from Ukraine.

Back to the vlogs — Russia and Ukraine

They have been active, as you would expect.


Zack the Russian

It was back in Augusr that I introduced Zack on this blog: A new (to me) Russian vlog — Zack the Russian — and provocative thoughts about customary reactions and pluralism.

He turned 21 since then and my admiration for him just grows and grows, but much of his activity now is on Telegram, to which I do not subscribe. But there is a great interview with him by a US vlogger just published.

Zack the Russian is a YouTuber who supports Ukraine and has protested the Russian government’s invasion of Ukraine. In March he left Russia and is currently living in Tbilisi, Georgia. He posts content and livestreams about the war and is fighting for change in his home country.

OUTLINE: 0:00 – Welcome 0:43 – Zack’s Background 6:35 – Where were you living in February? 8:05 – What was protesting in Moscow like? 17:24 – You were almost arrested in Russia? 18:54 – When and why did you decide to leave Russia? 22:20 – Why did you go to Georgia? 27:50 – What does your family think of you now? 38:00 – Do you have any friends in the Russian military? 39:34 – Why did Russian propaganda fail on you? 44:19 – Did you have to learn English in school? 49:15 – What would need to happen before you return to Russia? 51:40 – Do you think Putin can be overthrown? 59:15 – Can you explain your Russia Tomorrow media idea? 1:02:05 – Final thoughts from Zack



Half Russian


That Lviv girl



See also

Many earlier posts, such as: Russia Ukraine vloggers update; An outstanding morning of vlog posts from Ukraine, Russia and places of exile… Today the Russians; Russian vloggers in and out of Russia.

Update — incomplete — on those amazing Russian vloggers

Incomplete because one post can’t cover all — even of the ones I follow — and because they are of course always being added to, and may that long be the case! So the last time I shared some of them was November 14th.


Daniil (I think now in The Netherlands) and Artyom (still in Russia) continue their vox pops. The one I am sharing is one of the most powerful they have done showing also the reality of Russian life outside the big cities.

Do not miss a second of this!

That what they are doing is dangerous is clear to this young man who still lives in the Moscow region. Hence his perfectly understandable concerns.


Roman in Tbilisi

Roman I have been following for some time, since in fact he was still in university in his home town studying Linguistics — at which he is obviously brilliant.

Roman looks a bit different now but his insights and critical skills are still very much on display in exile, as often are his feelings about things. His most recent vlog is an amazing exercise that is weird but also most informative and entertaining. Young Roman is quite the genius really….

Niki from St Petersburg — originally from Omsk, now in Thailand

He left a personal note on YouTube recently:

I just realised this today. Forced relocation from Russia to where I’m staying now hit me in the way I didn’t expect: I am totally fine emotionally but a few of my habits are totally f’d. Since the end of September I find more difficult to control my eating habits, and even more difficult to control my working habits. There’s a few other minor things as well.

I’m working on this 🙂 and it’s actually getting better since I rented an apartment here in Bangkok, and got a certain vision for the next half a year. Thank you for staying with me. Your support means a lot for me….


For the context in which all these people exist see —

Dissenting Russian journalist Masha Borzunova

Though the broadcast has large German subtitles Masha speaks clearly in English. There are also English subtitles when Russian is being spoken.

One more from 1420

Remembering MH-17 — the verdict is in

Even Wollongong was affected:


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Wollongong Lord mayor Gordon Bradbery comforts Carol Clancy’s son Andrew Malcolm at a candlelight vigil to honour the victims of MH17 on Monday. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

See MH17 vigil: Community mourns victims Carol and Michael Clancy



In Wollongong today

Read, not from Wollongong: Anthony Maslin and Rin Norris, who lost three children in MH17, say no one deserves what they’re going through



A message to the soldiers in the Ukraine, the politicians, the media, our friends and family.

Our pain is intense and relentless. We live in a hell beyond hell.

Our babies are not here with us — we need to live with this act of horror, every day and every moment for the rest of our lives.

No one deserves what we are going through.

Not even the people who shot our whole family out of the sky.

No hate in the world is as strong as the love we have for our children, for Mo, for Evie, for Otis.

No hate in the world is as strong as the love we have for Grandad Nick.

No hate in the world is as strong as the love we have for each other.

This is a revelation that gives us some comfort.

We would ask everyone to remember this when you are making any decisions that affect us and the other victims of this horror.

So far, every moment since we arrived home, we’ve been surrounded by family and friends. We desperately pray that this continues, because this expression of love is what is keeping us alive. We want to continue to know about your lives, all the good and all the bad. We no longer have lives that we want to live by ourselves. So we’d like to take the chance to thank everyone, all our incredible friends, family and communities, and to tell you all that we love you very much.

We would also like to thank the people at DFAT; the local co-ordinator Claire and most sincerely, Diana and Adrian from The Hague, without whom we would not be here. We ask the media to respect the privacy of our family and friends — pain is not a story.

Yours truly

Anthony Maslin & Marite Norris

And now in The Hague