Russian man living in Ukraine says to Russia: “Please don't save us”
Aleksandr Gorlov, a Russian living in Ukraine, has created a series of online films which appear to reject the Russian propaganda that its countrymen in Ukraine are "being oppressed".
An advertising executive Gorlov, originally from Moscow, but now living in the Ukrainian capital Kiev, has created short films in which ordinary Ukrainian Russians say that "people always loved me here" and "you should have asked me before 'saving' [us]" – a reference to Russia's aggression towards Ukraine.
Gorlov, who claimed to act alone and without funding by any lobby group, said to BBC that group of expat Russians considered their duty to report the truth. "In actual fact, Russians here are doing well. There is absolutely no reason to bring in troops to save them."
Russia's state-sponsored propaganda, led by Russia Today and other media outlets, has since the start of Ukraine crisis consistently spread the myth that ethnic Russians are somehow in danger in Ukraine, going as far as to call participants of the Maidan movement fascists.