Russia recently blocked access to Medusa’s website after Putin signed a law threatening journalists with words such as “war” and “invasion” to describe Moscow’s actions in Ukraine, punishable by up to 15 years in prison. The former Soviet power also blocked Facebook and Twitter, making it harder for Russians to access information on non-state-sponsored wars.

But despite the Kremlin’s attempts to censor Meduza, the news site’s mobile app is currently still accessible in Russia.

Leon Fryszer, publisher of German news outlet Krautreporter, which is helping to crowdfund Meduza, said: “Russians need to understand what their government is doing, and at the moment they can’t do that without an independent newsroom like Meduza. .” and its campaign.

For Fryszer, supporting the Latvia-based newsroom seems like the least he can do to ensure that the Russian people, many of whom oppose Putin’s invasion and openly protest the war at great risk, get reliable Information.

“I’m also concerned with making sure Russia has a way forward and that democracy may one day be seen again,” he said. “It means a lot to us Europeans.”

“I think what the Kremlin is doing now needs to have a backlash, and Medusa has a good chance of doing that,” Fraser added.

Huffington Post reporter Ryan Grenoble provided reporting.