about VoxCheck

VoxCheck is an independent project of VoxUkraine non-profit organization aimed at checking the statements of Ukrainian politicians. Since March 23, 2018 VoxCheck acceded to the Poynter Institute Code of Ethics.

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How VoxCheck works?

We base our work on the “click and check” methodology. Everything is transparent. Anyone can check our arguments and sources. Today the project database contains over 9,000 statements by politicians and over 1600 refuted fakes. Every month we add about 100 refutations to the database. The quality of checks is ensured by the editorial board of the project. For publication, every text must be approved by two editorial board members.


Who funds VoxCheck?

VoxUkraine is a non-profit non-governmental organization. Our activities are funded by charitable contributions of hundreds of people concerned with the future of Ukraine, as well as through international grants: Тhink Tank Fund, National Endowment for Democracy, PACT, International Renaissance Foundation, US Embassy, Natur Kultur, OSCE.VoxUkraine annual reports are available here.Since 2020, as partners of the Facebook Third-Party Fact-Checking Program, we receive funding from Facebook.Moreover, VoxCheck Project regularly runs crowdfunding campaigns at Bigggidea crowdfunding platform. See the outcomes of our two campaigns here and here.


The process of fact-checking the politicians’ statements

1. Analysts or VoxCheck volunteers collect politicians’ statements: we watch news releases and TV shows, monitor media and social media.
2. The verification is based only on open data with the relevant links.
3. Fact-checks should be concise, but comprehensive, and analyze only the actual statements within the specific context.
4. Each fact-check is read through and edited by at least one full-time VoxCheck team member.
5. An article can be published only if it is signed by two Editorial Board members.

VoxCheck independence

In March 2018, VoxCheck joined the International Fact-Checking Network fact-checkers’ code of principles. This means that VoxCheck has committed to the following:

A commitment to Nonpartisanship and Fairness

Signatory organizations fact-check claims using the same standard for every fact check. They do not concentrate their fact-checking on any one side. They follow the same process for every fact check and let the evidence dictate the conclusions. Signatories do not advocate or take policy positions on the issues they fact-check.

A commitment to Transparency of Methodology

Signatories explain the methodology they use to select, research, write, edit, publish and correct their fact checks. They encourage readers to send claims to fact-check and are transparent on why and how they fact-check.

A commitment to Transparency of Sources

Signatories want their readers to be able to verify findings themselves. Signatories provide all sources in enough detail that readers can replicate their work, except in cases where a source’s personal security could be compromised. In such cases, signatories provide as much detail as possible.

A commitment to Transparency of Funding & Organization

Signatory organizations are transparent about their funding sources. If they accept funding from other organizations, they ensure that funders have no influence over the conclusions the fact-checkers reach in their reports. Signatory organizations detail the professional background of all key figures in the organization and explain the organizational structure and legal status. Signatories clearly indicate a way for readers to communicate with them.

A commitment to Open & Honest Corrections Policy

Signatories publish their corrections policy and follow it scrupulously. They correct clearly and transparently in line with the corrections policy, seeking so far as possible to ensure that readers see the corrected version.

If you believe that VoxCheck violates the IFCN Code of Principles, you mayinform the IFCN by following this link.

VoxCheck as a member of VoxUkraine has its own ethical rules. VoxCheck project:

Does not belong to any political party and does not represent the interests of any politician or authority.

Checks politicians regardless of their affiliation with the government or opposition.

Is not funded by political forces.

The amount of financing from one person may not exceed 10% of the annual budget of the project.

The project staff, its volunteers and the Editorial Board may not be members of political parties.

Our authors always reveal a conflict of interest, if any.

Who makes VoxCheck

Our team includes a project leader, full-time analysts, volunteers and members of VoxUkraine Editorial Board. Analysts and volunteers collect politicians’ statements and check facts. VoxCheck Editorial Board approves the fact checks for publication.

Project team

Maksym Skubenko

The executive director of the organization, formerly the editor and head of VoxCheck. In the past, he worked as an auditor at the OTP Bank Ukraine and the National Bank of Ukraine. He holds a Master of Economics from Lviv Institute of banking and studying for the MBA program at the Kyiv School of Economics.

Svitlana Slipchenko
Head of VoxCheck

Head of VoxCheck, member of the management team of the NGO Vox Ukraine. In the organization, she is responsible for establishing and maintaining relations with partners from Ukrainian and foreign organizations and for the direction of combating disinformation.

Valeriia Stepaniuk
Deputy Head of VoxCheck

Valeriia graduated from the Institute of International Relations of the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. Her major is International Relations. In 2019, she completed an internship at VoxCheck and stayed to work with the team. From September 2022, is the deputy head of VoxCheck.

Myroslava Markova
Senior Analyst

VoxCheck analyst since 2020. Focuses on researching Russian disinformation campaigns. Previously worked on the “Crimea.Realities” project in the Ukrainian office of “Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty” (RFE/RL). Studied political journalism and social communications at the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv.

Kyrylo Perevoshchykov
Senior Analyst

Kyrylo graduated from the Institute of International Relations of the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, majoring in international relations. In 2021, he completed an internship at VoxCheck and remained working in the team.

Stanislav Korolkov
Senior Analyst

Stanislav graduated from the Faculty of Sociology of the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and the program of Management of non-profit organizations at the Ukrainian Catholic University. Project manager at the NGO "Internews-Ukraine". Works at VoxCheck since 2023

Yelyzaveta Chekhovska
Senior Analyst

Yelyzaveta graduated from the Institute of International Relations of the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, majoring in "Regional studies". In 2019, completed an internship at VoxCheck and in 2023 started working in the team. 

Alina Tropynina

Alina graduated from the Kyiv National University of Trade and Economics, majoring in international economics. In 2021, she completed an internship at VoxCheck, and in 2022, she joined the team.

Viktor Sholudko
Junior Analyst

Viktor received a bachelor's degree from the National University "Ostroh Academy" majoring in "Political Science". Completed an internship at VoxCheck in 2021-2022. Joined the team in 2023.

Anastasiia Brodovska
Junior Analyst

Student of the National Pedagogical Dragomanov University, majoring in journalism. In 2022, Anastasiia completed an internship at VoxCheck and works in the team now.

Yelyzaveta Tkachenko
Junior Analyst

Student of the Kyiv National University of Culture and Arts, majoring in «television and radio journalism». In the summer of 2022, completed an internship at VoxCheck and continues to work with the team.

Oleksandra Panasytska
Content Creator

Oleksandra has been a part of the VoxCheck team since 2020. She is currently pursuing a Master's degree in the "World Politics and International Relations" program at the University of Pavia in Italy. Oleksandra is primarily engaged in writing articles-explainers and digests on Facebook. Manager of VoxCheck official page on Telegram

Yuliia Kucheriava
Chief Accountant

Chief accountant of the organization. She has been working in the field of accounting since 2001, and joined the Vox Ukraine team in January 2019.

Kateryna Bobylova
Financial Manager of «VoxUkraine»

Graduated from Kyiv National Economic University with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and from Kyiv School of Economics with a Master’s degree in Economic Analysis. Her day-to-day responsibilities are financial planning for organization, budgeting for new projects and assistance in applications for grants, financial reporting - internally and to the donors, management of the received funding and keeping registers of financial information.

Anastasiia Stupka
Web-site editor, translator

Anastasiia graduated from the Institute of Journalism of the Taras Shevchenko Kyiv National University, majoring in journalism. Administers the web-site and provides translation services.

Yurii Aksonov
Technical director

Technical director of the organization. He has 30 years of experience in journalism and development of IT products for editorial needs. He has been working in the Vox Ukraine team since 2017.

Liena Shulika
Head of Multimedia Department

graduated from the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy with a Master's degree in journalism. She has experience in journalism and documentary projects.

Valeriia Zolotarova
Multimedia producer

graduated from Taras Shevchenko National University with a Master's degree in journalism.

Tkachenko Olena
Graphic designer

graduated from Kyiv Polytechnic Institute with Bachelor's degree in information systems and technologies.

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VoxCheck assessments

Fact-check of politicans. Assessments

The information is correct, the data are presented in the appropriate context.
The information is truthful in essence.
The information is truthful in essence, but presented in an inappropriate context or truncated.
The information is deceitful.
The information is almost truthful and the speaker’s statement is likely to be just a slip of the tongue.
No consensus about the assessment because the statement is vague or the data are lacking.

Fact-check of fakes. Assessments

The information is correct, the data are presented in the appropriate context.
Information made up, false. There is no "mirror" fact to refute, but there are other data that confirm that this is false information.
Information or data is true but presented in a distorted context or incompletely. Data misrepresentation is used to illustrate a false idea or lead users to wrong conclusions.
The information is not based on any true facts, research or public data. However, there is not enough data to say with certainty that this is not true.
Information based on one's own conclusions or logical fallacies rather than scientific evidence.
Information about fraudulent schemes used to mislead users and gain access to personal data.
The information is made up for entertainment purposes, but not all users can easily identify that it is satire and not the truth.
The video is edited to create a false impression.
Photo edited to create a false impression.
Conspiracy theories.

Error recognition policy

VoxCheck staff are humans, not robots, and everyone can make a mistake. Our work is organized in a way enabling us to filter out possible errors (see “How VoxCheck checks politicians”), however, sometimes they still get published. We are grateful to the attentive readers and respect the facts. If you believe that VoxCheck has checked the quote of a politician inaccurately, please email us at [email protected]. Incorrect fact-checks will be reviewed again and updated on the website with the corresponding mark.