Category: Best data-driven reporting (small and large newsrooms)
Organisation: YC Valentin Balash
Organisation size: Small
Publication date: 29/05/2019
Credit: I am the producer and author of this project
Modern slaves in Russia are people who have become dependent on consumption and turned into credit debtors to banks. Tempted by advertising, they took their first loan without understanding how they would be able to pay it off, and when it came time to repay the debts-it turned out that they did not have a job.
Thanks to the release of this story, the state Duma considered the law on new rules for microfinance credit organizations. In particular, the borrower must have a job to get a loan.
This video is a documentary investigation, where I studied in detail how the mechanism of seducing people with consumer loans works
What was the hardest part of this project?
The hardest part of my job was finding people. who will voluntarily agree to tell you that they are now being harassed and their lives are being threatened. As I have already said. due to the fact that they have no ability to pay. they are forced to hide from collectors. who can beat them or rape them. And there were such cases
What can others learn from this project?
This project calls for the main human quality of compassion. These people can be treated differently. but no one is immune from this. And how will this world behave if fate chooses such a test and you find yourself in their body?