🎙️ Artem Starosiek, CEO of Molfar, Ukraine-based open-source intelligence company, speaks of his take on the Russian war on Ukraine and his company’s role in investigating war crimes & Russian propaganda.
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Molfar is a consulting company that used to do background checks, market research and such, but since the beginning of the war, they decided to take the fight using their digital instruments. Molfar used their analytical tools to form a volunteering network, attracting hundreds of volunteers, as well as combating Russian propaganda.
Artem believes that lots of European countries expected the Russia-Ukraine war to be “over in 3 days”, seeing no meaning in sending any weaponry or other help towards Ukrainian defenders. Now, however, Europe has seen that Russian military prowess was mostly lies, and have provided way more support for Ukraine.
🎙️ Is there a chance for reconciliation, between two sides? How much of the situation is the case of Russians doing wrong, or them being lied to and brainwashed?
Russia’s propaganda machine is really powerful, half of the panic in Ukraine was due to propaganda in the early days of war. But now, a lot of people have opened their eyes and understood what Russian propaganda on Ukraine is, especially due to investigations around the cases of Bucha and Mariupol. The propaganda is weak now in the West, compared to the start of the war, but it’s still strong within Russia.
🎙️ Do you think that a lot of Human Rights organisations are predominantly Western-based and a lot of these organisations, as well-intended as they are, are too soft on non-democratic states?
Yes, I think that this war has revealed a lot of truth about Russia and those organisations as well. They are just stating that there’s a problem and they are “nervous” about it, but they don’t seem to do anything about it. At the beginning of the war, the Red Cross came to Russia and established a refugee camp for Ukrainian people in Rostov, which made me feel very uncomfortable. Almost reminiscent of the Red Cross establishing similar camps in Germany during the Second World War.
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