WHY STORIES reaches 3.3 million views online in Russia

January 30, 2020

Still from
Putin's Forgotten Children
Cecília Tümler

The WHY STORIES films have reached more than 3.3 million views online in Russia. The number comes from BBC News Russian’s Youtube - the TV is our partner in the country, and has uploaded 27 of our documentaries on their online channel. The films are available since June 2018, but a geo-blocking tool was used, which means that they can’t be watched outside of Russia.

Despite the films being from different countries and continents, the most watched WHY STORIES in Russia is a local story. With 1,5 million views alone, the awarded documentary “Putin’s Forgotten Children” captures the brutal reality of life for those who inhabit Svalka - Europe’s largest rubbish dump on the outskirts of Moscow.

Having these films available and well-received in Russia is a step that helps accomplish THE WHY’s mission of informing the world with reliable information. Especially considering the country’s background of campaigning against NGOs, as Human Rights Watch reported in 2019.


WHY STORIES is a series of thought-provoking and inspiring documentary films about the world we live in. To ensure we reach people in the world's most underserved communities WHY STORIES are donated to underfunded broadcasters and dubbed into local languages. Read more about it here.

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