In Russia, they turn to Clubhouse to learn more about the war in Ukraine

The war in Ukraine showed Russia’s desperate attempt to control information in its country. Despite the blocking of Facebook, Instagram and other social networks, some Russians who refuse to trust official media find themselves in Clubhouse an uncensored alternative.

A report of Contribution detailed as anti-war activists from several cities in Russia use Clubhouse to find out what’s happening in the world. Russians have access to pop-up audio rooms where subjects forbidden in their country are discussed, such as the invasion of Ukraine.

Everything indicates that the Roskomnadzor has forgotten the existence of the Clubhouse, just like the West. After being one of the most used apps of 2020, its popularity has waned and now it’s struggling not to become the new MySpace.

Clubhouse is an alternative to bypass Kremlin censorship

Going unnoticed by the Kremlin regulator is a plus for the app and its users. Some chambers have been functioning since the start of the invasion, others for months. Activists see it as an option to follow the conflict and discover the true motives of Russia.

“Clubhouse gives Russians an opportunity to listen to the opinion of Ukrainian residents and not blindly trust federal television channels,” says Ararat Gulyan, head of a sports organization in the Tver region.