Grassroots group seeks to name thousands and thousands of Russians to vary opinions on Kremlin warfare with Ukraine

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The co-founder of a grassroots marketing campaign to chilly name 40 million Russian residents informed Each day Put up he hopes his effort will change public opinions contained in the nation concerning the Kremlin’s warfare in opposition to Ukraine. 

“What we try to do through these phone calls is to ask them, how much do they know about what is going on in Ukraine,” mentioned Paulius Senuta, co-founder of CallRussia.org. “If we can swing the sentiment of ‘this is a war, people are dying’ … we can stop [the] population [from] basically taking protection of” Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has attempted to silence non-state media.    (Yuri Kochetkov/Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin has tried to silence non-state media.    (Yuri Kochetkov/Pool Photograph through AP)
(Yuri Kochetkov/Pool Photograph through AP)

Senuta, together with round 40 different individuals, arrange CallRussia.org over the course of simply 120 hours. He says the aim of the marketing campaign is to talk with the thousands and thousands of Russians who he says help “mad man” Putin.

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Friday marked the sixteenth day since Putin launched a full-scale warfare in opposition to Ukraine. 

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Whereas he doesn’t anticipate to vary the Russian “worldview” with a single cellphone name, Senuta informed Each day Put up that CallRussia.org seeks to attach with Russians on a “basic human level” to assist them to know the violent realities of the warfare in opposition to Ukraine. 

CallRussia.org obtained 40 million Russian cellphone numbers, which Senuta mentioned had been all publicly accessible.

“Russia, a country where everything is banned, like independent media and so forth … the phone number[s] of people [are] public,” Senuta mentioned. “So we picked up 40 million phone numbers, totally random phone numbers, which are publicly available.”

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Since its March 8 launch, CallRussia.org has revamped 2,000 contacts with Russians.  

Senuta, a Lithuanian advertiser, mentioned the group depends on the Russian diaspora throughout the globe to make the cellphone calls. 

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He informed Each day Put up the aim is to extend from a few thousand calls per day to tens of 1000’s per hour. 

“We started in Lithuania, but we got a great team joining us,” he mentioned. “Actually, [there are] a lot of people from the U.S. working on this.”

“People from Ireland, from Russia, from [the] Netherlands, from Ukraine,” he continued. 

Senuta mentioned the Russians on the receiving finish of the calls are sometimes offended, however not at all times. 

“The negative [calls are] very aggressive, shouting,” Senuta mentioned. “Actually, people don’t want to hang down the phone [because] they want to shout at you.”

“In the positive ones, at the moment they understand, they’ll shut up, but they will listen,” Senuta added. “And you hear they’re listening and … that serves the purpose, because we are here to convey the message [of] what is happening in Ukraine.”

After a name is over, the recipient is requested to charge their expertise. After only a few days, the outcomes seem promising, in line with Senuta. 

Call Russia Cofounder Paulius Senuta

Name Russia Cofounder Paulius Senuta
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“After making the call, we invite people to push a button [to rate] if the call went well or [if] the call went bad,” he mentioned. “It was actually 50-50, which is not bad.”

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