An amazing new site, Russia Insider, has appeared over the past six months.
It's the brainchild of one Charles Bausman, whom I met in Russia in September of last year.
I was impressed with this American's questions and professionalism as he made the rounds at a conference.
He appeared to be trying to understand how best to start a news voice in Russia for Americans like himself.
I didn't bother to ask his background at the time and only later learned his history. It's the following: Charles' father was the AP Bureau Chief in Moscow. His parents, three siblings and he lived in Moscow for four years from 1968 to 1972. After graduating Exter, Wesleyan U, and Columbia Business school he worked with NBC News and other positions in Russia. He married a Russian woman, has two children and converted to Russian Orthodoxy. Charles has become so deeply perplexed at US media on all issues re Russia that he put up a small site to better inform English-speaking people about what is going on in Russia. The site has grown quickly and now he needs to hire staff and create a daily truth-telling operation. Charles has already sunk $50K of his own money into this project and in order to continue and be much more effective, he has to have donors.
Charles has chosen "crowdfunding," an innovative way of building his new news service. With Crowdfunding, many people donate small amounts. It works this way––the number of people funding the project, the better, because it attracts attention of larger funders. Google "Russia Insider" right now! The site will pop up and you can make a small donation to help create the base for this new news site.
Many of the articles I've been sending you are from Russia Insider. So you have already benefited from their startup phase.
You know how much I care about "getting Russia right." I want to see Russia Insider and Charles succeed in putting out accurate information from Russia. There is so much misinformation and outright lies regarding Russia and Russia's leaders today. We must have credible, accurate information to reduce the possibility of an all out catastrophes on the planet.
Please make a small one-time pledge to Russia Insider to assist Charles with his intention to provide us all with straight news. I can't think of a better cause to get behind right now. I've contributed and hope you will too!
All the best to you, Sharon