In an article published by Medium on August 22, 2022, independent journalist Deborah L. Armstrong reported on the blacklisting of Roger Waters, co-founder of the iconic rock band Pink Floyd, by Ukrainian nationalists.
In early August, Rogers was featured on a 90-minute CNN special where he publicly criticized the US government’s role in the Russia-Ukrainian war. Waters explained that the war hinged on “the action and reaction of NATO pushing right up to the Russian border, which they promised they wouldn’t do when [Mikhail] Gorbachev negotiated the withdrawal of the USSR from the whole of Eastern Europe.” The musician went on to say that Russia had a right to Crimea because the people living on the peninsula were mostly Russian.
Shortly after making these statements, the musician was blacklisted by the Ukrainian government and criticized by its allies in US corporate media.
As Armstrong reported, the Kiev-based Myrotvorets website has labeled Waters an “Enemy of Ukraine.” The website claims Waters is spreading “anti-Ukrainian propaganda,” as well as collaborating in plans to legitimize Russia’s annexation of Crimea, which would challenge Ukraine’s territorial integrity.
Waters is not the only person listed on Myrotvorets. Currently, the database includes thousands of journalists, activists, and anyone else who is declared an “Enemy of Ukraine.” Additionally, those who are listed on the site have had their home addresses, personal phone numbers, and banking information leaked online. Some people featured on the list have been harassed, threatened, assaulted, or killed as a result of the doxing. Those who have been killed are identified with the word “liquidated” (ЛИКВИДИРОВАН in Ukrainian) over their profile photo on the Myrotvorets website.
Daria Dugina, a Russian journalist, was killed in a car bomb attack on August 20, 2022, not long after a red stamp appeared across her database profile. It is believed that she was targeted because her father, the philosopher Alexander Dugin, was believed to have been a strong influence on Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Russian government maintains that Dugina was murdered by a Ukrainian nationalist. Dugina is not the only person on the list to have been killed. In 2015, journalist Oles Buzina and a deputy in the Ukrainian parliament, Oleg Kalashnikov, were killed only days after their information was leaked on the Myrotvorets website.
In 2016 more than 4,500 journalists and media agents were stationed to report in the Donbass territory. Investigators claim that Myrotvorets employees hacked into the Ministry of State Security of the Donetsk People’s Republic’s database and stole the phone numbers, email addresses and home addresses of foreign journalists stationed in the Donbass territory. The Myrotvorets organization accused the journalists of “collaborating with terrorists” because they were reporting on the war from non-Ukrainian held territories.
As of October, 2022, no major US corporate news outlets have covered the story, but Armstrong’s piece was picked up by several independent sites, including Monthly Review Online, The Grayzone, and Covert Action Magazine.
Source: Deborah L. Armstrong, “Roger Waters Added to Ukrainian Hitlist,” Medium, August 22, 2022.
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