In the previous post here, I wrote about crowdfunding, and how I support my work.
So, a question is – why does support my work? Well, I’d like to give you an example. About a year ago, a chap from Norway, called Per Moen, contacted me, with some questions about how things really were in Donbass, Crimea. Per had seen reports on his own media, questioned them, and wanted to know from someone on the ground.
We started chatting, email, social media etc. And, of his own volition, Per, a man in his 60s who made his career first in transport, then in furniture import, now retired, with an interest in horses, railways, his family of course, began contributing to the crowdfunding which supports all my work.
Per contributed to the film Brit in Crimea, and I was delighted that last week he even decided to make his first trip to Russia, to Moscow for the film’s premiere. It was the first time I’d met Per in person, and I was very happy to see him at the premiere, enjoying watching something he, along with others who support my work – like Per, intelligent people who don’t trust mainstream media anymore, and want to support an alternative – had made possible – see Per at the premiere here –
Before, and after, Per enjoyed his first ever trip to Russia, and it was interesting to look on Per’s Facebook and see the adventures of one in Russia, Moscow, for the first time!
Here is how Russia was for Per, in his own words, from his Facebook:
Resume of my visit to Moscow: I had planned for a couple of years to visit my friends in Moscow and decided to go during 2018. Then I got an invitation to Graham William Phillips film premiere in January and I decided to go. Went to a travel agency, booked hotel and flights then called the Russian embassy and got advice for visa application. I got visa in three days. Brilliant service at the embassy, no problems. Arriving at Moscow airport everything went smoothly through passport control and customs, everybody were very friendly. My friend Elena Tishina collected me at the airport and took me to the hotel and to her home for a fantastic dinner. I have been visiting many big cities and Moscow top the list. So much culture, beautiful buildings. New years and Christmas decorations still up. Exclusive restaurants and big stores. They even have a tourist police which is a branch of the police force especially educated for helping tourists. I had a long chat with two of them. They told me that Moscow is a very calm and safe city. Thanks to my good friends Elena Tishina, Olga Smirnova and Zlata Karlova I experienced famous places like the Red Square, the Kremlin, The Bolshoi Theatre, the old Arbat and more. I am very grateful for being invited by Elena Tishina to the famous international Consert Hall watching an amazing concert. Moscow was a great experience and I wish more people from the west could visit and see how it really is and not only listen and read about Russia in the western anti russian propaganda media. I have never met a more friendly and kind people!
So, that’s an example of who supports my work, and his impressions of a first visit to Russia!