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On the information platform “Shpargalka,” at-risk journalists from Belarus and Russia can find answers to 21 of the most frequently asked legal questions around living in exile, from leaving the country to setting up a media outlet in their new place of residence.

Shpargalka provides at-risk journalists from Belarus and Russia with a quick overview of the legal situation for exiles in various countries, allowing them to compare the different options, answering questions such as: What documents do I need to enter another country? Can I open a bank account there? Can I take my dog with me? How do I get a work permit? What is the procedure for registering a media organization while in exile? And: Would this company have to pay taxes both in my country of exile as well as back home?


So far, the information platform “Shpargalka” has compiled the answers to these and other questions for 17 different countries. All the information on the platform is regularly checked by legal experts to account for the fact that entry restrictions and broader legal frameworks are constantly changing in response to the volatile international situation. The information is aimed at journalists from Belarus and Russia.

Project period: ongoing
Project partner: Mass Media Defense Center, JX Fund

The project is supported by funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM).

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