People who record war crimes
Maria Buchelnikova is a project manager of Ukraine War Archive, one of the key directions of the Docudays NGO. The team has gathered more than 3100 hours of war crimes testimonies and witness interviews.
Docudays became one of the first NGOs supported by the House of Europe. The Docudays team formed the project concept in March 2022. In April, the British organisation Infoscope
joined the development of the project, and since May they began the active phase of work. They moved from the idea of an encyclopedia that would highlight the key aspects of the war to the idea of an archive. The project supports all formats, tries to record as many events connected to the war as possible, and cooperates with the media and human rights organisations.
We spoke with Maria about the importance of documenting the war, why we need to download content from the Russian propaganda channels, why the archive has three levels of access, and how materials from the archive can help to hold Russians responsible.