14 terabytes of hacked Russian government data

We’re digging through a gold mine of data from Russian federal government agencies, state-owned media, law firms, and the world’s largest pipeline company.

The Intercept is indexing a massive trove of data hacked from the Russian government following the invasion of Ukraine — a gold mine that could contain countless revelations about the inner workings of President Vladimir Putin’s regime.

These files include 14 terabytes of data from Russian federal government agencies, state-owned media, law firms, and the world’s largest pipeline company. The minute we got our hands on it, we knew that we had something truly remarkable.

Digging through these files to reveal the hidden stories within them is a giant and costly undertaking. And while The Intercept has years of data and security expertise that makes projects like this possible, our technology costs have skyrocketed — server bills alone have doubled over the last few months.

So today we’re turning to you, our readers, to help fund this urgent project. Can you chip in today to help report on Russian official secrets and help us reach our fundraising goal of $500,000 by September 30?

These documents have the potential to shed new light on how Putin’s regime leverages state-owned media and private oligarchic wealth to maintain control as well as on the war in Ukraine. Digging through this massive leak is exactly the kind of work that The Intercept was founded to do — but doing it right requires specialized technology, top data experts, and time.

This is one of the largest hacks our team has ever seen. We’re making the documents searchable to partner organizations and journalists around the globe.

But we’re just at the beginning of what could be a monthslong or yearslong effort, and as we’re an independent nonprofit news outlet, your support helps make our work possible. We don’t have a paywall or ads on our website to bankroll this coverage — so we’re turning to you, our readers.

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