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Despite the fact that Russia is such a huge country, there are almost no independent media outlets left. The government has done an excellent job over the last 20 years of silencing those who reveal the truth about its officials. The truth about their palaces, the truth about the wars they have unleashed, the truth about their constant lies.

IStories is a new media outlet founded by Russia’s top investigative journalists. We reject censorship and news which denies people the right to think for themselves. We believe that the best media outlets should be funded by their readers. This is the only way that the media can remain genuinely independent and fulfil its main function: to reveal the truth about what is happening in the country.

It is for this reason that IStories is registered as a non-profit organisation. We do not have an owner, so there is nobody to dictate terms to us. We do not earn money from advertising contracts, so we do not depend on advertising. We run on donations.

You can also become a donor by making a one-time or monthly donation.

We want to depend on you alone, on the people who want to know the truth, the people who are not afraid of being free. Help us tell you the IStories.

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Your donation will go towards editorial expenses: journalists’ salaries; compensation for freelancers, illustrators, and designers; the production of video material and workshops.

We value any and all donations. If you make a monthly donation, it will allow us to focus on long-term projects, prepare a budget for a longer period of time and generally be more effective.

Investigations are complex and require many months of work, such as the analysis of large amounts of data, research trips, and filing requests to see state and private records.

We would also like to turn our online courses into an annual investigative journalism summer school. And your donations will help us to make this happen.

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