Russia's war in Ukraine
Since April 2022, our team focused on protecting war-related Wikipedia articles from propagandists and paid advocates of Russian authorities. We focused on Russian Wikipedia to bypass censorship for millions of Russian speakers in Russia and abroad. Our contributions include over 70 comprehensive articles and explainers in Russia and some texts in English Wikipedia with millions of readers every month.

  • 2M+ views
    The outreach of our articles greatly exceeds most mainstream media

  • ¾ of the time
    Wikigada dedicates most of its time and effort to war-related topics
  • Hundreds of articles
    We monitor all war-related articles in Russian Wikipedia
Problem field
Wikipedia ignored demands to censor coverage of the invasion of Ukraine, and Russian authorities found wikipedians for hire to manipulate the information directly. We have evidence that numerous wikipedians, including old-timers and administrators, agreed to cooperate because of political views or financial gains.

Corrupt editors approach war-related articles in different ways. We remove misinformation inherited from pro-Russian sources or publications by biased “experts” who spread conspiracy theories. We also remove the wrong context that creates an incorrect perception of war-related events and concepts.

Many anti-war wikipedians have burned out, developing reliable coverage of war crimes, consequences of the Russian aggression, and other morally challenging topics. But someone has to be ready to repel the next waves of Russian propaganda.

Runet is dominated by state-owned and state-dependent media that spread lies and conspiracy theories about war, Ukraine, and the West. Google unconsciously helps Russian propaganda by providing Russian speakers globally with links to RT and other Russian outlets. Wikipedia articles typically top search results, meaning we have an upper ground against propagandists.
Our approach

Our long-form explainer-style Wikipedia articles provide an accurate overview of events and the necessary context to understand complex and sensitive topics. We use numerous reliable sources to make our texts comprehensive and more detailed than any publication in traditional media.

Our articles are stable-by-design: the structure, the sources, and the wording are thought out to make it impossible to inject misinformation quietly. Due to many improvements, our articles are well-received by the community, and other editors help us to keep them neutral and updated.

  • Creation or extensive rework of articles
  • Regular updates based on new sources
  • Monitoring of articles related to the war
  • Identifying and profiling malicious users
  • Participation in article-specific discussions
  • General research and gathering of sources

Russian authorities have put over 100 Wikipedia articles on the “forbidden materials” list and demand their removal from the encyclopaedia. Under military laws, people are persecuted for telling the truth about the war. We have to be careful and discrete and can’t call the names of our team members or name the articles we have been working on.