Reed Hastings, co-founder, president, and CEO of Netflix broadcasting, has announced a $1 million donation to the Ukrainian emergency services organization. Thank you, @evgeny_director wrote a Netflix official donated $1m to Razom on the way to an emergency. “Every dollar helps.”
@evgeny_directora is Russia-born Evgeny Afinevsky, who in 2015 directed the Oscar-nominated documentary Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom on Netflix.
The film documented the unrest in Ukraine in 2013 and 2014 as student demonstrations supporting the integration of Europe turned into a violent revolution, with President Viktor F. There were calls for the resignation of Yanukovich, a movement unrelated to the Russian invasion and now facing it.
Afineevsky told Deadline:
These people will not be slaves. They will not go back into the former Soviet Union. They have a taste of freedom. They became a part of the European society, and they wanted to go a completely different direction [than Moscow]. That’s the direction that they are fighting toward since Maidan…Believing in their freedom, believing in the freedom for the future of their own kids, it just proves that these people will not put their weapons down. They will be fighting until the last drop of blood.
The Ukrainian revolution led Russian President Vladimir Putin to take over Crimea in 2014 and then revolt in the eastern provinces of Ukraine near the Russian border. Just before ordering a complete invasion of Ukraine last week, Putin declared those provinces part of Russia.
Razom for Ukraine, The organization to which the donation is being made, explains itself as:
a non-profit organization that supports the people of Ukraine in their pursuit of democracy with dignity, justice, and human rights.
Last week, posted the following tweet about the work in the country:
Razom, together with about 20 orgs, has created a trusted corridor from the US to Ukraine for the delivery of life-saving supplies. The channel connects two warehouses in Poland and Ukraine, from which supplies can then be delivered further
Today, the organization retweeted Reed Hastings’ announcement with a photo of Afinevsky:
Last month, Hastings and wife Patty Quillin, co-ordinator, donated $10 million to Tougalu College and Brown University scholarships. In 2020, the couple donated $120 million to the United Negro College Fund, Morehouse College, and Spelman College.