Where is freedom of speech in the Russian Ukraine war? Has truth been a victim of the conflict?
How are Russian and Ukrainian writers, journalists and poets responding to the war?
What are the challenges of covering the war when there is so much at stake?
How have both governments tried to shape the truth?
Dmitry Bykov is a prominent Russian-Jewish writer, poet, critic and satirist who has taken a strong political stance against Putin and against the war. He has been one of the top influencers of the Russian opposition for more than ten years, since joining the Opposition Council, along with Alexey Navalny. His criticism of Putin’s Russia and its Soviet period had almost cost him his life – he was allegedly poisoned with the same toxic agent that was used in an attempt to kill Navalny.
Zoya Sheftalovich is a contributing editor of the POLITICO news website, covering the war in Ukraine. She was born in Ukraine, before moving to Australia as part of the post-Soviet diaspora in the early 1990s. Zoya has written about her experiences growing up in Ukraine through the Chernobyl disaster and the fall of the Soviet Union. She is a two-time Walkley Award finalist.