A group of prominent writers has called on Russian speakers around the world to spread the truth about the war in Ukraine by directly contacting Russian citizens using “all possible means of communication”.
Among the 17 signatories to the appeal is Nobel Laureate Svetlana Alexievich, a Belarusian author who writes in Russian. She won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2015 for her writing described as “a monument to courage and suffering in our time”.
Another dozen prominent authors from around the world, including Nobel laureate JM Coetzee, have backed the call.
It comes as the Russian government has cracked down on access to news and information about the invasion of Ukraine by blocking websites and effectively shutting down outlets.