Microsoft, show users in Russia the truth about Ukrainian war

Microsoft, show users in Russia the truth about Ukrainian war

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March 6, 2022
Signatures: 116Next Goal: 200
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Started by Denis Protopopov

Firstly, we’d like to thank Microsoft’s team and leaders for showing their support of Ukraine and courage in standing up in the face of Russia’s unjustified aggression by halting new sales in aggressor’s country. 

As the Russian invasion of Ukraine has entered its second week, the often gruesome images we see now are a stark reminder that we are not dealing with a “special military operation”, as President Putin calls it. This is an all-out war of aggression, an unprovoked attack started by one nation against its peaceful neighbor. 

Unfortunately, most of Russia’s population do not get to see this brutal misery of war. In informational space captured completely by pro-Putin’s media, where more and more opposing newspapers, radios and tv-channels being forcibly closed every day and in the face of new laws limiting the freedom of speech that stipulate up to 15 years of imprisonment, as well as recent blockage of social media platforms, such as Twitter and Facebook, many Russians are left isolated from accessing factual information, making assessments and logical conclusions based upon such information. 

So, facing constant propaganda and censorship, many Russians keep on living their lives oblivious to the reality of what their country’s armed forces do to its smaller neighbor. Because of this carefully crafted informational bubble, many people in Russia may be confused as to why they face these severe sanctions from all over the world. Therefore, we think it’s time for business leaders and companies to show their social responsibility and allow Russian population to see with their own eyes what the rest of the world sees, unitizing all possible communication channels to achieve this. 

For this we kindly request that photographs from trusted independent sources (such as BBC) demonstrating the extend of damage that this war has done to civilian residences and infrastructure be shown on login screens of Windows 10 in the Russian Federation.

This will open the eyes of the population on what kind of “special military operation” their President is carrying out in reality, will help to make informed decisions and understand why their country is being sanctioned. 

We truly hope for your support and swift action,

concerned citizens of the world

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