I read the worst stuff about myself online every day, what could perhaps be a lifetime of insult for an average person, compressed into a day. Not complaining, just how it is. As my work comes under new scrutiny in light of MH17, and new people come to my work perhaps through the prism of the various campaigns against me, it’s important to set the record straight.
What I hear, that I’m a ‘Kremlin-propagandist’, a sex tourist / blogger, an FSB agent. It goes on. Today I’ll deal with the FSB stuff. As for the sex tourist / blogger – the first is nonsense, the second a simple manipulation of facts. I’ve written on the subject of prostitution in the past – probably gone a bit further than most journalists, in terms of frankly sharing my own experience – but there are many journalists who’ve covered the theme, Louis Theroux has made several documentaries on the theme…
This, first in the series, to set out who I really am. I can take any amount of abuse, that’s cool, but would like to use my right to reply. The most important thing for me, is my work. I’ve made over 3500 videos since the start of the conflict in Ukraine.
So, I’d like you to know who I am, in order for you to come to my work with trust, to know that I make it sincerely, from the heart. It’s made, as an independent journalist, funded by crowdfunding.
I’ve always been completely open, never done anything in my life which could compromise the integrity of my work. However, there are things people will use to try to do that, to undermine it, for their own ends and agendas. That’s a shame, but that’s how it is, the truth is an enemy to many.
I believe in letting most abuse and nonsense slide, but taking a stand when needs be. This is that place, where the facts are set out, the record is set straight. Falsifications are addressed, the record is redressed.
Those who hate preternaturally will continue to do so, those of you who look at sources from both sides will hopefully have those doubts cast up, cast off, and continue to come to my work for what it is. For all, I’m always hugely grateful for your support of my work, independent journalism, the truth.